When 17-year-old aspiring footballer Abinash Banial from Chamba valley in Himachal came to Delhi to check the cause of pain in his left leg he did not know that he would be diagnosed with bone cancer, which could even lead to amputation of his limb.

Fortunately for Abinash, doctors at the Institute of Orthopaedics and Joint Replacement, Max Hospital, addressed his problem this past month using an implant technology called Limb Preservation System (LPS), combining it with a few cycles of chemotherapy, which enabled him to spring to his feet.

“LPS is a relatively new type of prosthetic and increasingly being used in bone surgeries related to limbs. Doctors are affirmative that the technology can change the lives of thousands suffering from bone cancer,” said Max Hospital chairman Dr. S.K.S. Marya.

“Ostegenic sarcoma is one of the most common bone cancers in children and teenagers. The only cure until now was limb amputation. LPS is proving to be extremely useful as far as preserving the limb is concerned if the patient is young. Due to the made-to-order nature of LPS, the correctness of size is ensured which in turn saves the patient from limping. The patient also does not have to wear any external prosthesis or mobility aids such as a crutch,” he added.

The new prosthetics are made up of Titanium and Cobalt Chrome. The material is lighter than the available cement implant and is ideal for youngsters. A person with an LPS implant can lead a healthy lifestyle and can even indulge in sports.

“The device plays an important role in saving the loss of excess bone during a bone replacement surgery. Thus, the patients of bone cancer can get rid of the cancer cells without having to sacrifice unnecessary portions of the bone,” said Max Hospital consultant orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Chandeep Singh.