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Old 03-30-2009, 01:45 PM   #1
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Osteochondroma Surgery?

Hi guys I was diagnosed with osteochondroma near the right side of my shoulder. It doesn't bother me too much but it SOMETIMES keeps me from SOME activities. Whenever i play around with my little cousins or go outside and play football or basketball I'm extremely cautious not to get hurt on the osteochondroma area. So being extra cautious usually deprives me of activities that I enjoy very much. My parents took me to the children's hospital to get a second opinion and the doctor told me that it's not a major surgery and they could take it out if I wanted to. So one month later I go to my doctor so he could check out the osteochondroma in case anything bad is going on. Thank god it went well. After that I started talking with my doctor about my trip to the children's hospital and asked him if I should remove the osteochondroma. My doctor told me it's better if I got it removed. He also told me that the bone is on the surface so it'll be much easier for the doctors to get the bone out instead of going around joints or anything. I'm 14 years old and I'm wondering, should i get surgery?

 
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Old 03-30-2009, 08:13 PM   #2
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Re: Osteochondroma Surgery?

My son had an osteochrondroma removed from the top of his tibia (below and to the right of his left knee) when he was 12. He has a 3" scar and they were able to remove the entire thing. The surgery took about 90 minutes and he was in pain for a few days afterwards, then it got much better and today he is 14 years old and just fine.

His osteochrodroma was about the size of a walnut and caused problems when he would ride his bike as his pant legs constantly got stuck in the bike chain.

As long as you don't have any major blood vessels or nerves nearby and it's near the surface it should be a fairly minor surgery that you will recover from quickly.

Good luck!

 
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Old 03-30-2009, 10:51 PM   #3
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My son had an osteochrondroma removed from the top of his tibia (below and to the right of his left knee) when he was 12. He has a 3" scar and they were able to remove the entire thing. The surgery took about 90 minutes and he was in pain for a few days afterwards, then it got much better and today he is 14 years old and just fine.

His osteochrodroma was about the size of a walnut and caused problems when he would ride his bike as his pant legs constantly got stuck in the bike chain.

As long as you don't have any major blood vessels or nerves nearby and it's near the surface it should be a fairly minor surgery that you will recover from quickly.

Good luck!
Thanks! I now feel some optimism and looking forward to having it removed. I'm happy your son is doing well!

 
Old 04-09-2009, 12:32 PM   #4
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Re: Osteochondroma Surgery?

Hi, mine's on my right femur, lower part, near the knee. I didn't have mine taken out since the tumor is not causing major pain. I can't cross my legs, put pressure on it, bend my legs too much, other than that, I'm fine. It will be a 4" incision if I have the surgery.
There are older post here about this type of surgery and have a good outcome, you can check it out.
If you are going for the surgery, I wish you all the best and a speedy recovery!

 
Old 05-26-2009, 06:22 PM   #5
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Re: Osteochondroma Surgery?

Hi everyone...I'm new to this site. I was reading up on bone tumors and came across the posts people have shared.First, I would like to say Everyone is Amazing for sharing and helping other people going through similar experiences and I want to thank you.

Recently, I had an x-ray done on my left leg because i was in a lot of pain after working out, it turned out i have a tumor on the back of my FEMUR. It is pretty big and gives me a lot of pain. I also had 2 MRIs done recently. I am scheduled to see a specialist on Thursday but I am kind of freakin gout, and was hoping someone could put me at ease with a similar scenario that they've been through. The MRI stated that it is most likely Osteochondroma, but Chondrosarcoma cannot be ruled out. I realize most of the time the tumor is benign, but considering the size and amount of pain I am having I am wondering how they take it out, and if it affects your bone. Some one please tell me what to expect

I would truly appreciate it. I cannot sleep
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Old 08-13-2009, 08:19 PM   #6
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Re: Osteochondroma Surgery?

Hi, I have osteochondromas on my pelvis and they have been causing like this grinding pain. I seen an orthopedic doctor today and he reffered me to an orthopedic oncologist and wants him to remove them and send it to pathology. Is this normal when surgery is recommended? Should I be concerned about the referral to an orthopedic oncologist? Please, let me know what you think.

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Old 08-13-2009, 10:07 PM   #7
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Don't be worried about the referral to an orthopedic oncologist. The thing is orthopedic oncologist see bone tumors very often and are more skilled at dealing with them than other orthopedic doctors. I had an aneurmysal bone cyst (and now have it again, it came back) and see an orthopedic oncologist regularly. No worries!

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Hi, I have osteochondromas on my pelvis and they have been causing like this grinding pain. I seen an orthopedic doctor today and he reffered me to an orthopedic oncologist and wants him to remove them and send it to pathology. Is this normal when surgery is recommended? Should I be concerned about the referral to an orthopedic oncologist? Please, let me know what you think.

Thanks,
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Old 10-15-2009, 11:24 AM   #8
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Re: Osteochondroma Surgery?

I am wondering how your surgery went? I am 30 yr old and have a sessile osteochondroma on my proximal right humerus too. I am thinking about getting it removed. I am nervous about damage to the axillary nerve and the recovery time.

Thanks for your help

 
Old 10-15-2009, 11:26 AM   #9
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How did your surgery go and the recovery time? I am looking in to getting mine removed too.

 
Old 10-16-2009, 11:01 AM   #10
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Hi guys I was diagnosed with osteochondroma near the right side of my shoulder. It doesn't bother me too much but it SOMETIMES keeps me from SOME activities. Whenever i play around with my little cousins or go outside and play football or basketball I'm extremely cautious not to get hurt on the osteochondroma area. So being extra cautious usually deprives me of activities that I enjoy very much. My parents took me to the children's hospital to get a second opinion and the doctor told me that it's not a major surgery and they could take it out if I wanted to. So one month later I go to my doctor so he could check out the osteochondroma in case anything bad is going on. Thank god it went well. After that I started talking with my doctor about my trip to the children's hospital and asked him if I should remove the osteochondroma. My doctor told me it's better if I got it removed. He also told me that the bone is on the surface so it'll be much easier for the doctors to get the bone out instead of going around joints or anything. I'm 14 years old and I'm wondering, should i get surgery?
UPDATE: Well I had my surgery two months ago. It went pretty well. My doctor was very intelligent. When I was going to go in for my surgery my doctor was pretty normal as if he'd done this a million times. Which was probably true considering how fats he finished it. The surgery was finished in less than an hour! It took about 20-30 mins until I became conscious. You guys shouldn't be worried. Hopefully the surgery will go smooth. Th recovery time was alright. I went to 3 physical therapy session. It did hurt alot after the surgery. So be sure not to move it around too much. My osteochondroma was on the right side of my arm. After my surgery when I was at home I was already changing my own clothes with one arm! The scar is still there. It's pretty good looking. Other than I'm very happy with the results. Best wishes!

 
Old 01-13-2010, 08:51 PM   #11
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Hi, mine's on my right femur, lower part, near the knee. I didn't have mine taken out since the tumor is not causing major pain. I can't cross my legs, put pressure on it, bend my legs too much, other than that, I'm fine. It will be a 4" incision if I have the surgery.
There are older post here about this type of surgery and have a good outcome, you can check it out.
If you are going for the surgery, I wish you all the best and a speedy recovery!
I have mine in that same exact spot, but im getting it taken out because im really big on track and it hurts too bad to run, im really nervous though, they said they same about the 4 inch incisicion..

 
Old 05-11-2010, 06:49 AM   #12
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Hi, mine's on my right femur, lower part, near the knee. I didn't have mine taken out since the tumor is not causing major pain. I can't cross my legs, put pressure on it, bend my legs too much, other than that, I'm fine. It will be a 4" incision if I have the surgery.
There are older post here about this type of surgery and have a good outcome, you can check it out.
If you are going for the surgery, I wish you all the best and a speedy recovery!
Mine is at the same place, but on the left leg, on the back of the thigh. It hurts a lot sometimes, pain comes in waves, not necessarily associated with exercising. I am 34 years old, and I discovered it at my early 20's. Pain started nearly three years ago, not so intense, not so often as today. Since then, it's become more intense and I have a crisis nearly every day, if I don't take medication (Etna, which does a really good job at pain control, acting directly on the nerve, with anti-inflamatory effects).

The Doc says its tiny, but its location sucks because it compresses arteries, nerves and is under a lot of muscle.

I'm having it removed in a week. Let you know about the progress.

I'd like to hear from you about how the recovery is, how long it takes, use of crutches, hospital time, type of anesthesia and whatever else you might add :-)

Thanks a lot !
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:10 AM   #13
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My 13 year old daughter has an osteochondroma on the inside of her right femur just above her knee. It has a huge cartilige cap on it, and makes her look like she has an over developed thigh muscle. For the most part it does not bother her. The size of it is invisable to me, but really obvious to her. It hurts when she runs, and hurts when she puts pressure on it, for example, it hurts when she does a split.
She is a serious ballet dancer. Ballet dancers do a lot of plies and deep knee bends. Line is also important to ballet dancers. My concerns are if she has it removed will her leg look miss-shapen? Will she have trouble going back to the ballet excercises that are necessary? What kind of recovery period should we expect?

 
Old 05-27-2010, 05:30 AM   #14
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My 13 year old daughter has an osteochondroma on the inside of her right femur just above her knee. It has a huge cartilige cap on it, and makes her look like she has an over developed thigh muscle. For the most part it does not bother her. The size of it is invisable to me, but really obvious to her. It hurts when she runs, and hurts when she puts pressure on it, for example, it hurts when she does a split.
She is a serious ballet dancer. Ballet dancers do a lot of plies and deep knee bends. Line is also important to ballet dancers. My concerns are if she has it removed will her leg look miss-shapen? Will she have trouble going back to the ballet excercises that are necessary? What kind of recovery period should we expect?
Well, first of all, consider I'm not a doctor, just another patient with tons of medical literature translation for a living, and there's no need to worry - though special attention is required. I can tell you that a cartilage cap over 1 cm is something that deserves a closer look - it may have suffered a malignant transformation into chondrosarcoma, which usually is not aggressive and does not methastasize. In her case, just like mine, it's likely that the osteochondroma is compressing nerves and blood vessels and causing pain.

As she is still 13, she's still growing, and that region of the femur is responsible for growth. The doctor, if he decides to remove it, will have to be careful about that not to impair the bone's growth capability. I'd remove it only if there's evidence of malignant transformation or damage to nerves, vessels or other tisuse. If not, I'd withstand the pain until growth ceased, and then have it removed. I'll have mine removed in a couple of days, mine is exactly at the same spot, but it's tiny - and I'm 35, male. Tell you later how everything has gone.

PLEASE see a doctor about it. No reason to rush, but do not delay it. The sooner, the better. And I'm pretty sure she'll be fine.
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Old 05-28-2010, 07:13 AM   #15
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Well, first of all, consider I'm not a doctor, just another patient with tons of medical literature translation for a living, and there's no need to worry - though special attention is required. I can tell you that a cartilage cap over 1 cm is something that deserves a closer look - it may have suffered a malignant transformation into chondrosarcoma, which usually is not aggressive and does not methastasize. In her case, just like mine, it's likely that the osteochondroma is compressing nerves and blood vessels and causing pain.

As she is still 13, she's still growing, and that region of the femur is responsible for growth. The doctor, if he decides to remove it, will have to be careful about that not to impair the bone's growth capability. I'd remove it only if there's evidence of malignant transformation or damage to nerves, vessels or other tisuse. If not, I'd withstand the pain until growth ceased, and then have it removed. I'll have mine removed in a couple of days, mine is exactly at the same spot, but it's tiny - and I'm 35, male. Tell you later how everything has gone.

PLEASE see a doctor about it. No reason to rush, but do not delay it. The sooner, the better. And I'm pretty sure she'll be fine.
Thank you. We have seen a Dr about it. We are going to ask for a referral to go back and I think I will ask for an MRI just to make sure there is nothing else happening. The mass under her muscle feels like a muffin top, in size, and is firm. Hard to know how much is cartiledge and how much is muscle. So removing it makes me worry that there would then be a lack of muscle tone in the area. Her x-ray shows the tumor has a stalk, so that is probably why it bothers her when she jogs or jumps, because it vibrates. She will say that it aches at times, so an MRI will possibly show if it is tangled up with nerves. It has been a year and a half since the last x-ray and I want to know if it has grown. Thank you for your advice.

 
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