The Division of Musculoskeletal Oncology stands at the forefront of research and patient care in this rapidly changing field. Joel Mayerson, MD, Division Chief, and Thomas Scharschmidt, MD are among the rare orthopaedic surgeons who specialize in musculoskeletal oncology. They work with a multidisciplinary team of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and pathologists focused on early detection and treatment. They also work with Children’s Hospital of Columbus to ensure the best possible treatment for young patients battling the disease.
A good example of the advances made by the musculoskeletal oncology team is the surgery performed by Dr. Mayerson that saved a 10-year-old boy’s leg by replacing the femur with a newly designed expandable prosthesis. It was the first use in the United States of a total femur prosthesis that can be lengthened without surgery as the patient grows.
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