Surgery

Surgery explained

  • General information

    What is surgery and what is it used for?

    Surgery is cutting away body tissue. It is used to treat lots of types of cancer.

  • Soft tissue sarcomas

    Types of surgery for soft tissue sarcomas

    There are different types of surgery used to treat soft tissue sarcomas. Your specialist doctor can give you more information.

  • Soft tissue sarcomas

    Limb-sparing surgery

    Limb-sparing surgery is when just the area of cancer, and some of the tissue around it, is removed.

  • Soft tissue sarcomas

    Amputation

    Sometimes the affected limb needs to be removed (amputated). You will be offered counselling and support before and after surgery.

  • General information

    What happens after surgery?

    You’ll be monitored very closely after your operation. You will be very tired so it’s important to rest and look after yourself.

  • General information

    What happens before the surgery?

    Your surgery will be carefully planned to make sure you are well cared for.

  • General information

    Who might I meet?

    A team of specialists will plan your surgery. This will include a surgeon who specialises in your type of cancer.

  • General information

    Follow-up care after surgery

    You will have follow-up appointments after your surgery to check on your recovery and any new symptoms.

  • Soft tissue sarcomas

    Skin grafts and flaps

    If a large area of skin is removed during surgery for a sarcoma, you may need a skin graft or flap.