Rodney Saville Sneath

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 07 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:112

A pioneer in limb salvage surgery for patients with bone tumours

When Rodney Sneath, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham, was faced in 1970 with a patient refusing what was then the only surgical option of amputation for a bone tumour, he embarked on his first custom made endoprosthetic replacement—for the upper part of the femur. He soon began to attract other patients with tumours, and his innovative skills allowed him to develop operations to replace and reconstruct parts of the femur, tibia, humerus, radius, and pelvis. Rodney took immense care, not only in removing the tumour but also in reconstructing the limb, and his attention extended even to the placement of dressings and postoperative care. He was a master surgeon who would boldly tackle tumours that many others considered unresectable. His experience of endoprosthetic replacements was unparalleled.

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