Sciatic notch tumors are rare and have numerous etiologies. Tumor presentation varies widely and no uniform recommendations exist for approaching resection. Most studies on the topic have been small case series, with the approach dictated by surgeon experience and comfort. We provide an overview of surgical approaches for resecting sciatic notch tumors reported in the literature, as well as a conceptual framework for application of these approaches based on standard oncologic principles. The advantages and disadvantages of each approach are described on the basis of anatomic location of the tumor. For tumors that span the notch with intra- and extra-pelvic extension, notchplasty is a novel technique that provides superior visualization and access for en-bloc excision.
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