Chennai: Doctors freeze bone on operation table to treat bon
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Senior surgeons from Chennai have attempted the procedure 'pedicle cryotherapy' on a teenager suffering from osteosarcoma, for quicker recovery and better outcome. They decided to cut one side of the bone, remove the tumour, rotate and freeze the lesion in liquid nitrogen for 20 minutes before connecting the cut bone and closing up the site. This way the healing time is fast and chances of infection are low. The procedure can't be used if the tumour is on or close to the joint as it would require replacing the bone but otherwise this can be extremely effective and is accessible and affordable. This method is popular in Japan and was learnt from doctors there.


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