Doctors at Bangalore-based Columbia Asia Hospitals have saved the leg of a 16-year-old Iraqi boy from getting amputated after performing a successful surgery against a moderate but rare bone cancer ‘osteosarcoma’.
The surgery involved a process called ‘limb salvage’ or ‘limb-sparing’ in which a tumor, along with bone and tissue around the tumor, was removed and a prosthetic implant was used—without removing the entire limb.
“We didn’t know how much of cancer had proliferated the bone on the joint areas of hip, thigh and knee. At first, a chemotherapy was opted but to no avail. Then, we had to finally go for a customized implant, wherein the bone and the cancer were cut off,” Dr Ravichandra Kelkar, Consultant (Orthopedics) of Columbia Asia Hospitals said.
Previously, when the boy was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, many doctors suggested amputation, as ‘limb-sparing’ is a rare and difficult surgery.
“The boy was in a moderate stage of cancer and any longer wait would have resulted in an extreme step. Now, the boy is able to walk around, and recuperating fast,” the hospitals, owned by 150 private equity companies, said in an official statement.