Orthopedic Oncology Specialist

Congress Orthopaedic Associates -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Congress Orthopaedic Associates

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Pasadena, CA & Arcadia, CA

When you have a tumor in your bones, muscles, and other musculoskeletal tissues, you need treatment from an expert in orthopedic oncology. Whether your tumor is benign or malignant, you receive exceptional care from the orthopedic oncologists at Congress Orthopaedic Associates. The compassionate team precisely diagnoses tumors and provides comprehensive care, including surgery to remove the tumor, limb preservation surgery, and the ongoing management of other cancer treatments. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Pasadena or Arcadia, California, or use the online booking feature today.

Orthopedic Oncology Q & A

What is orthopedic oncology?

Orthopedic oncology focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) tumors and cysts that occur in your bones, muscles, and soft tissues, such as cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and musculoskeletal nerves.

Beyond removing tumors, orthopedic oncologists repair damaged tissues and restore maximum function. The orthopedic oncologists at Congress Orthopaedic Associates specialize in preserving arms and legs affected by cancer.

What conditions do orthopedic oncologists treat?

Though Congress Orthopaedic Associates professionals have extensive experience managing the full range of benign and malignant tumors, they often treat:

  • Chondroblastoma
  • Enchondroma
  • Giant cell tumor
  • Hemangioma of the bone
  • Osteoblastoma
  • Lymphoma of the bone
  • Malignant fibrous histiocytoma
  • Metastatic bone cancer
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Ewing’s sarcoma
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Osteosarcoma

Sarcoma refers to any type of cancer that starts in your bones or muscles.

What happens during an orthopedic oncology consultation?

Some people learn about their tumor from another physician and go to Congress Orthopaedic Associates for expert care. However, most people schedule an appointment because they have symptoms and want to learn the cause of their pain.

During your consultation, your provider reviews your medical history, talks about your symptoms, and completes a thorough physical exam. Depending on the results of your exam, they also take X-rays, MRIs, and other diagnostic tests in the office.

When diagnostic imaging shows you have a tumor, your orthopedic oncologist performs a biopsy to verify your diagnosis and determine if the tumor is cancerous or malignant.

What treatments do orthopedic oncologists provide?

Orthopedic oncologists perform surgery to remove the tumor. They also continue to manage your care if you need additional treatment, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or immunotherapy. Depending on the type of tumor, you may have chemotherapy or radiation therapy before surgery.

In addition to removing the tumor, orthopedic oncologists provide two essential types of surgery:

Reconstructive surgery

Your orthopedic oncologist reconstructs musculoskeletal tissues that were damaged by cancer or lost during surgery. They may do bone, tendon, and skin grafts, use implants to replace damaged muscles, or transplant bone and other tissues, to give you a few examples.

Limb preservation surgery

Congress Orthopaedic Associates specializes in saving arms and legs that might otherwise require amputation. The basic process involves removing the tumor while preserving as much healthy tissue as possible.

However, limb preservation goes way beyond basic procedures. This complex surgery encompasses microsurgery to reconnect blood vessels and nerves, as well as skeletal reconstruction.

To learn more about orthopedic oncology or to schedule an appointment, call Congress Orthopaedic Associates or book an appointment online today.