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Old 03-27-2004, 06:21 PM   #1
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Question Osteochondroma... the bone tumor... help

Hi everyone, I was just diagnosed with osteochondroma few weeks ago. I have this bone tumor at the end of my femur, where the lump is located just above my knee. My orthopaedic surgeon said the decision to operate to remove it is mine, then I would be left with a 10cm scar! What worries me is that I have read that some osteochondroma stops growing for some time then suddenly, it starts growing and turns into osteosarcoma. What should I do? Any comments or tips would be helpful. btw, is this rare or common? my doc says he sees abt 10 patients per year...
Recently, when I walk, I feel pain from that part(tumor). But I don't always get the pain when I walk. I really don't know if I should leave it or take it out.

 
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Old 01-17-2008, 10:18 AM   #2
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Re: Osteochondroma... the bone tumor... help

Hello CheerAngel,
I was wondering if you had your bone tumor removed? I have one on my distal femur and my osteochondroma has a stalk and I'm scheduled for surgery tomorrow. If you did have your surgery, how was your recovery like? Thanks a lot!
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Old 01-18-2008, 05:31 PM   #3
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Re: Osteochondroma... the bone tumor... help

Hi Sylvie1978, I didn't have the surgery. Mine also has a stalk I think. Do you know the size of your tumor? What was the reason for the surgery?
All the best to your surgery! Please let me know how you are doing after. Good luck!!!

 
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Re: Osteochondroma... the bone tumor... help

Hi there,
I had my surgery this past Friday and everything went well. My bone tumor was about 10cm long and had a stalk. The actual removal of the bone tumor took apparently 22 minutes! I'm unable to walk normally at the moment - am using crutches. Doc said I should be able to put weight on my operated leg by tomorrow. If you're thinking of getting operated, I would tell you to go for it and not to be scared! All will go well.
Good luck to you and have a great New Year!
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Re: Osteochondroma... the bone tumor... help

Forgot to answer one of your questions...oops
The reason for my surgery was because the tumor was getting in the way of my daily activities such as going up and down the stairs, playing with my son, swimming...My leg started to hurt everytime I did too much of anything...I couldn't walk for too long, no cycling, no yoga, therefore, I decided to have the tumor removed so that I could have my life back! Why didn't you go through with the surgery?

 
Old 01-23-2008, 09:22 AM   #6
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Re: Osteochondroma... the bone tumor... help

I'm glad to hear that your surgery was successful! Have a speedy recovery! Well, my tumor isn't giving me major problems yet and I hope it won't. It only hurts if I put/lay my leg in some positions, or do some strenuous activities for long, and I also can't cross my legs(which I tend to do alot). So my doctor is just monitoring for growth.

My tumor measured around 6cmx1cm on the CT scan. I also have connective tissue problems and I heal much slower than other people and that is 1 of the issues that I didn't go ahead with surgery.

Was your surgery under GA? Did you have to stay at the hospital or was it a day surgery? Take care and have a great New Year too!

 
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