Lucas E. Ritacco

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BACKGROUND With the improved survival for patients with malignant bone tumors, there is a trend to reconstruct defects using biologic techniques. While the use of an intercalary allograft is an option, the procedures are technically demanding and it is unclear whether the complication rates and survival are similar to other approaches. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES(More)
Osteoarticular allograft transplantation is a popular treatment method in wide surgical resections with large defects. For this reason hospitals are building bone data banks. Performing the optimal allograft selection on bone banks is crucial to the surgical outcome and patient recovery. However, current approaches are very time consuming hindering an(More)
BACKGROUND Computer navigation during surgery can help oncologic surgeons perform more accurate resections. However, some navigation studies suggest that this tool may result in unique intraoperative problems and increased surgical time. The degree to which these problems might diminish with experience-the learning curve-has not, to our knowledge, been(More)
Fresh frozen allograft reconstruction has been used for a long time in massive bone loss in orthopedic surgery. Allografts have the advantage of being biologic reconstructions, which gives them durability. Despite a greater number of complications in the short term, after 5 years these stabilize with high rates of survival after 10 years. The rate of early(More)
In this paper we present a new population-based method for the design of bone fixation plates. Standard pre-contoured plates are designed based on the mean shape of a certain population. We propose a computational process to design implants while reducing the amount of required intra-operative shaping, thus reducing the mechanical stresses applied to the(More)
PURPOSE We propose to study a group of patients with primary bone sarcoma of the pelvis treated with limb salvage surgery and analyze overall survival, local recurrence rates and functional outcomes. METHODS A retrospective review was performed, and all patients diagnosed with pelvic primary bone sarcomas between 1990 and 2012 were analyzed. Patients(More)
Surgical precision in oncologic surgery is essential to achieve adequate margins in bone tumor resections. Three-dimensional preoperative planning and bone tumor resection by navigation have been introduced to orthopedic oncology in recent years. However, the accuracy of preoperative planning and navigation is unclear. The purpose of this study was to(More)
BACKGROUND Bone tumor resections for limb salvage have become standard treatment. Recently, computer-assisted navigation has been introduced to improve the accuracy of joint arthroplasty and possible tumor resection surgery; however, like with any new technology, its benefits and limitations need to be characterized for surgeons to make informed decisions(More)
Surgical resection with adequate margins is the treatment of choice in chondrosarcoma. However, well-circumscribed lesions can be completely resected by performing multi-planar osteotomies guided by computer-assisted navigation. This type of resection had been recently described in select patients with sarcomas; however, these osteotomies are technically(More)
Transepiphyseal tumor resection is a common surgical procedure in patients with malignant bone tumors. The aim of this study is to develop and validate a computer-assisted method for selecting the most appropriate allograft from a cadaver bone bank. Fifty tibiae and femora were 3D reconstructed from computed tomography (CT) images. A transepiphyseal(More)