Giant cell tumour: Doctors save woman’s leg from amputation

Doctors from Aurangabad’s Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) recently performed a surgery on a 25-year-old woman with a tumour in her leg. The operation was challenging for the doctors as they had to extract the tumour without amputating the patient’s leg

Giant cell tumour: Doctors save woman’s leg from amputation

  • Usha Wadhekar, a 25-year-old woman, residing in Beed was suffering from excruciating knee pain in her left leg since the last several months.
  • Upon diagnosis it was revealed that she was suffering from a malignant tumour known as an osteoclastoma.
  • This is a type of tumour characterised by massive destruction of the end (epiphysis) of a long bone.

She approached several doctors, who suggested that amputating her leg was the only option to cure her.

She finally visited Aurangabad’s Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). Doctors accepted her case as a challenge and began her treatment.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Chandrakant Thorat, Head of the Orthopaedic Department at Aurangabad Government Medical College and Hospital said, “Usha was suffering from osteoclastoma (giant cell tumour) and the tumour was cancerous. She was reluctant for the surgery at first. But, when we counselled her and assured that everything will be okay. She agreed for the surgery.”

Dr Thorat further added, “The surgery was very challenging and complicated. She had infection in her legs. The task before us was, to remove the tumour without harming the blood vessels. In order to remove the tumour, we had to cut through the bone as well. We removed the bone in her leg, and which was later replaced by a rod. In number of cases, due to the complication doctors need to amputate the leg as well.”

But due to the timely decision of the doctors, Usha managed to save her leg.

Usha is not the only one who has undergone knife for osteoclastoma at this hospital. A few days back, Shivkanya Shirsale who was also diagnosed with osteoclastoma was treated here.

The surgical team headed by Dr Chandrakant Thorat with Associate Professor Dr A.M.A. Aziz, Dr Rahul Raju and Dr Umakant Sarmalkar, and Dr Abhijit More operated on both these patients.

Dr Shreerang Limaye, Consultant orthopaedic surgeon and Medical Director of Deoyani Hospital said, “Surgery on an osteoclastoma tumour is very complicated. The tumour can develop on legs, thighs and shoulders.”