January 18, 2021

ICE CREAM STICK TECHNIQUE – Novel procedure to treat bone cancer

  • This technique reduced recovery time from 6 months to 3 months
  • Treated organ can resume a normal movement
  • Cost of surgery has been reduced

Jaipur: Ice Cream stick technique has emerged as an advance procedure of treating patients suffering from Ewing sarcoma (bone cancer in left leg). With the help of this technique, it is possible to eliminate bone cancer using liquid nitrogen.This unique surgery has been performed by Ortho Oncologist Dr. Praveen Gupta & anesthesiologist Dr. Soumi Hazra Chaudhuri and her team at Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital and Research Center. The surgery was conducted on a 40-year-old patient, without separating the bone from his body.

Dr. Praveen Gupta

Dr. Praveen Gupta informed that Radiotherapy and artificial bone (Implant)procedures are primarily used in bone cancer patient’s surgery.Ice cream stick technique is one of the advanced procedures in which a part of the cancerous bone is cut from one side, safely turning it outside. That bone is than kept in liquid nitrogen for 20 minutes at 160 ° C. Due to hightemperature, the cancer cells present in the bone are completely destroyed. After removing the bone from liquid nitrogen doctor’s team wait for 40 mints allowing the bone to attain normal temperature and later it is rejoined to the patient’s body. Just after 48hrs of the surgery the patient is able to walk and can start working with the help of walking stand.

Usually in case of artificial bone, it takes 9 to 12 months to reattach, but with this technique bone takes just three months to regain the original strength.Dr. Praveen Gupta further added that radiation technique for treating bone cancer can take up to 6 hours of surgery while this innovative technique only 4 hours of surgery can lead to wonderful results. Besides, the surgery for artificial bone (implant) can cost up to Rs 6 to 7 lakh, while this techniquehas substantially reduced it to just 1.5 to 2 lakh .

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