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Surgery is one of the main treatments for soft tissue sarcoma. You might have it with other treatments. Find out about types of surgery, how to prepare, and what happens afterwards. 

Types of surgery

Read about types of surgery for soft tissue sarcoma.

Surgery to an arm or leg (limb)

Removing your limb or part of your limb is called amputation. Understanding more about it, and what to expect can help you cope.

Plastic surgery

Find out about plastic surgery for soft tissue sarcoma. 

Surgery for sarcoma that has spread

When sarcoma spreads to a different part of the body it is called a secondary or metastatic cancer. Surgery is sometimes possible if it has spread to the lungs or the liver. 

Preparing for surgery

What happens before surgery, the people you will meet and the exercises you need to do.

Going into hospital

What you need to take in, what to expect and how to prepare to make it less stressful.

On the day

On the day of the operation you have to stop eating for a period of time and get ready for surgery. Find out more about what happens and about having an anaesthetic.

After surgery

How you'll feel and your recovery after your operation depends on where your soft tissue sarcoma is and the type of operation you have.

Last reviewed: 
23 Mar 2018
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