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Amputation

Radiation of bone with BKA

01/23/2007

Question:

I have developed bone spurs since BKA 6mo. ago and my doctor wants to remove them and apply a radiation treatment to the ends of the bones. Is this safe and is there alternatives?

Answer:

A decision to undergo surgery can only be made by the patient and the involved surgeon. Usually, surgery is recommended when a bone spur becomes symptomatic or interferes with the fit of your prosthesis. The radiation therapy has been recommended to decrease the risk of the bone spur returning. The radiation is given in a very low dose and should not cause any long term health issues. An alternative to radiation therapy that can used for prevention of a new bone spur is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine called indomethacin.

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Response by:

Joel  Mayerson, MD Joel Mayerson, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedics
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University