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What Is Enchondroma Excision?

Surgeons perform enchondroma excision to remove a benign tumor originating from cartilage, known as an enchondroma. These tumors typically arise in the bones of the hands and feet and are often asymptomatic. However, they may occasionally cause pain, fracture, or other complications, requiring surgical treatment.

The Enchondroma Excision Procedure

Surgeons typically perform enchondroma excision as an outpatient procedure under general or regional anesthesia. The procedure involves the following surgical steps:

  1. Incision: The surgeon makes an incision over the area at the location of the enchondroma, adjusting its size and location based on the tumor’s size and location.
  2. Tumor Removal: The surgeon carefully removes the enchondroma from the affected bone while preserving as much healthy bone and surrounding tissues as possible.
  3. Bone Graft (if necessary): In some cases where the enchondroma has caused a significant bone defect or fracture, a bone graft may be performed to fill the defect and promote bone healing.
  4. Closure: Once the tumor is excised, thesurgeon closes the incision with sutures, and a sterile dressing is applied.
  5. Pathological Examination: The excised tumor is sent for pathological examination to confirm the diagnosis of enchondroma and rule out any malignant transformation (chondrosarcoma).

Recovery and Rehabilitation

After enchondroma excision, the patient may experience some pain and discomfort around the surgical site. Doctors typically prescribe pain medications to manage post-operative pain. Patients may require keeping the affected limb elevated to reduce swelling.

Doctors often prescribe physical therapy and exercises to enhance the range of motion, strength, and function of the affected limb during the recovery phase. The recovery time depends on the size and location of the tumor and the extent of surgical intervention. Most patients can resume normal activities within a few weeks to months after surgery.

Complications and Risks

Enchondroma excision typically poses minimal risks. However, as with any surgery, potential complications include infection, bleeding, nerve or blood vessel injury, tumor recurrence, and healing issues. Patients must adhere closely to their surgeon’s post-operative instructions and attend follow-up appointments for wound care and monitoring healing. Should any signs of infection or complications arise, prompt notification of the surgeon is essential.

Before proceeding with enchondroma excision, the surgeon evaluates the patient’s specific condition, symptoms, and imaging findings. The surgeon then discusses the potential benefits, risks, and expected outcomes of the procedure with the patient.



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