14 Aug '11, 12am

Man gets leg reattached backwards in operation here - but he's happy with the results

Man gets leg reattached backwards in operation here - but he's happy with the results

Mr Igor Podvalov's leg was reattached backwards in an unusual operation called segmental amputation reattachment surgery, or rotationplasty. -- PHOTO: DR MATHEW CHENG By Melissa Pang Mr Igor Podvalov now has one foot facing backwards and walks with a slight limp. But the 34-year-old Russian is glad that a Singapore surgeon did the unusual operation, since the alternative was to amputate his entire left leg. Mr Podvalov, a bone cancer patient, came to Singapore two years ago to have an infection in his left thigh treated. Despite multiple operations, the infection did not clear up. He was then referred to orthopaedic surgeon Mathew Cheng, who told him the bad news: The cancerous limb had to go. Dr Cheng then proposed segmental amputation reattachment surgery, also known as rotationplasty. This required an amputation only from the left hip to the knee, instead of the entire ...

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