Forty-seven patients who had a tumor of the scapula were seen by the
Bone Tumour Panel at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore,
Middlesex, England. Sixteen resections were performed in fourteen patients.
Although other authors have discussed the length of survival of one or a
few such patients, none, to our knowledge, has reported on postoperative
movement of the shoulder. We correlated the type of resection of bone and
muscle with the restrictions of postoperative movement. Our patients had an
excellent range of postoperative movement, even after subradical resection.
The study enabled us to make recommendations for reconstruction of muscle
after resection and to determine the functional prognosis.