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September 1982

Reconstruction After the Tikhoff-Linberg Procedure

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation (Drs Whitehill, Mabie, and Schildwachter and Mr Rosenberger) and the Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery (Dr Wanebo), University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville.

Arch Surg. 1982;117(9):1248-1249. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1982.01380330102027

• The Tikhoff-Linberg operation is a limb salvage technique that permits interscapulothoracic resection of malignant neoplasms of the shoulder with preservation of neuromuscular function of the upper extremity. A metallic interpositional device can be used to fix the humerus to the second rib, thus increasing stability and function. This device was used in a patient with a proximal humeral osteosarcoma who was also treated with radiation and chemotherapy and who now has reasonably good extremity function and is free of tumor at one year postoperatively.

(Arch Surg 1982;117:1248-1249)