KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ A Kansas man is the first person in the U.S. to undergo a new treatment protocol that allowed doctors to save his arm after it was invaded by a tumor.
Raytheon retiree Gary Paul of Potwin had a tumor show up after a bout with liver cancer. The tumor had to be removed, which normally would have meant amputation of the arm as well.
The tumor destroyed most of the bone in his upper arm and stretched his nerves so much that they consistently sent his brain pain signals. His muscles had atrophied.
But doctors at the University of Kansas Hospital saved his arm with a device used just 100 times around the world in similar cases.
After six hours of surgery, a titanium OsteoBridge had replaced most of the bone in Paul's upper arm. It was connected to the remaining bone with cement and screws.
With rehabilitation and time, Paul is expected to have few restrictions on what he can do.
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