Doctors in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast opted for a rotationplasty - a revolutionary operation that involved his foot being amputated, his shin and knee removed, and his foot rotated and reattached.
Mandy said: "We were then given two options - they could undergo a full amputation of Tristin's right leg, or a rotationplasty.
Known as a rotationplasty
, the procedure involves taking the foot from the removed limb and grafting it to the bottom of his thigh, so Thomas' heel would sit where his kneecap would have been, with the toes dangling down below.
He was brought to the operating room for rotationplasty
following a course of neoadjuvant chemotherapy.
Having endured six rounds of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with a rare bone cancer called Ewing's sarcoma last September, doctors gave him a choice: bone replacement, above knee amputation or rotationplasty
The cancer put those plans in jeopardy, and part of what convinced him to go with rotationplasty
was being able to get his career plan back on track.
Energy expenditure during walking in subjects with tibial rotationplasty
, above-knee amputation, or hip disarticulation.
Doctors opted for a rotationplasty
- his foot was amputated, his shin and knee removed, and the foot rotated and reattached.
In the Figure, a distinction is made for the data for the transfemoral (including knee disarticulation) and transtibial amputees and for the single bilateral amputee and person with a rotationplasty
Doctors in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast opted for a rotationplasty
- an revolutionary operation that involved his foot being amputated, his shin and knee removed, and his foot rotated and reattached.
Doctors at the Royal Victoria Hospital opted for a rotationplasty
, allowing surgeons to build a kneecap using his reattached, rear-facing, foot.
Then doctors offered the more radical option of rotationplasty
, an unusual procedure performed on around a dozen children a year.