First Pelvis Transplant

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Italian doctors have completed one of the first implants ever of a titanium hemipelvis into the body of an 18-year-old affected with bone cancer of the pelvis.

In the 12-hour operation, doctors removed the patient’s cancer-ridden right hemipelvis and hip bone and replaced them with an identical implant made of titanium and tantalum, a metal that bonds with human bones.

The patient had undergone 16 rounds of chemotherapy in the past year and has been moved to the oncology ward of Turin’s CTO Hospital to recover.



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