Manipal Hospital, Goa 22 Jul 2019

This article was originally published in Gomantak Times.

Manipal Hospitals Goa achieved yet another significant milestone by giving lease of life to 32-year-old patient Akash Madgaonkar, who was suffering from Osteoid Osteoma. He was successfully treated by using a unique and novel technique radio frequency ablation, a minimally invasive technique to treat rare cancers. The patient was successfully treated by Dr Deepchand Bhandare, Orthopedician at Manipal Hospitals Goa and his team.

Radio frequency ablation, is a rel-atively new treatment modality in cancer where thermal energy is used to kill cancerous tissue. A technique causes cancer tissue death by a pro-cess of heating. 32-year-old patient had complain of left hip pain radiating to thigh. The pain aggravated at night leading to sleepless nights and affecting his routine. The pain was only relieved after high dose of painkillers.

Sharing details on the success of the case, Dr Bhandare said, "Osteoid Ostema can occur anywhere and can involve either a single bone or several bones. It is reported to occur in the cortex of the shafts of long bones in 80-90 per cent of cases. Osteomas tend to be less than 1.5-cm in size. The traditional surgeries are quite extensive; require resection of large areas of bone and implantation of bone grafts. These have a higher risk of complications and a longer recovery period. Typically, patients get relief of their pain with aspirin, ibuprofen or other anti-in-flammatory agents.

He further added, "Since the place of osteoid osteoma is usually very painful, the procedure is performed under local anesthesia with the biopsy needle, cannula and drill needle which are used to access the osteoid osteoma. It needs expertise as the procedure needs to be done without damaging nerves, major blood vessels, and the skin. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has been found to be a safe, fast, and reliable method of treating osteoid osteomas. We have been using this method for treatment of Osteoid Osteoma since last few months with excellent outcomes."

The duration of the procedure was not more than 120 minutes and patient was discharged the next day. He could even resume his day-to-day activities within a week. In fact he could resume sports activities within three weeks of the procedure.

Speaking on the occasion, Manish Trivedi, unit head, Manipal Hospitals Goa, said, "Manipal Hospitals Goa has always been at the forefront of providing the latest and best treatment facilities for the patients. We always strive to upgrade and add the latest innova-tive technologies in our facility. I con-gratulate the team of doctors for their commendable efforts." 

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