February 06, 2020
Patients facing metastatic cancer now have a novel, minimally invasive solution to debilitating fractures and deterioration of the pelvis and/or sacrum.
Daniel M Lerman, MD at the Institute for Limb Preservation at Presbyterian St. Luke’s, along with Anthony C Brown, MD, interventional radiologist, are using the latest technology in 3D reconstruction imaging and augmented reality to perform percutaneous tumor ablation and skeletal fixation for pathologic fractures of the pelvis. Using unsurpassed accuracy and pinpoint incisions, they are able to improve patient’s pain, function and quality of life by eradicating the tumor and providing bony stability with the use of orthopedic screws and bone cement. Through a minimally invasive approach they are pioneering a solution for patients who previously had none and were ultimately crippled by cancer eroding their pelvis bone.
“This percutaneous approach allows us to impart mechanical stability to areas of diseased, eroded and irradiated bone, providing pain relief and improved function for a population for whom there has been no good option. Through this unique collaboration between orthopedic oncology and interventional radiology, we are now able to address a previously unmet need—helping patients to not just ‘be living with cancer’, but ‘thriving with cancer’,” Dr. Lerman explains.
Typically, cancer patients must stop their cancer treatment in order to receive surgery, but with this minimally invasive approach, patients can continue along their cancer treatment plan without interruption.
As in the case of Ms. Christine Hoyt, pelvic pain and instability was significantly impeding her quality of life and interfering with her life’s work. She was becoming immobile and unsafe in her home. If not for this revolutionary new technique, it is likely she would live with pain and immobility indefinitely. Watch her story here:
Before male patient hip stabilization
After male patient hip stabilization
For more information and to find out if you might be a good candidate for pelvic stabilization, please contact the Institute for Limb Preservation at (800) 262-LIMB (5462).