Dr. Al Mollabashy and Dr. Nathan Gilbert, of Greater Dallas Orthopaedics in Texas, offer patients of all ages extensive treatment for cancerous and benign bone tumors, including Nonossifying Fibromas (NOFs). Both doctors explain that these tumors are extremely common among people under the age of 20, although few people will need treatment for them.
Drs. Mollabashy and Gibert explain that the exact cause of these tumors, which most commonly occur at the lower thighbone or leg, or is unknown. Symptoms associated with these tumors include swelling, tenderness, and frequent pain. However, some patients never experience any symptoms. Often, these tumors are only discovered when x-rays are taken for another purpose, such as a traumatic injury.
NOFs are diagnosed following a physical examination. Drs. Mollabashy and Gilbert conduct tests, including CT and MRI scans, to evaluate the size of the tumor. These scans can also help determine if there is more than one tumor present.
Drs. Mollabashy and Gilbert say that most cases of NOFs do not require any treatment, since over time the tumor will become filled with bone, especially if the tumor is present in a child who is not done growing. However, they note that when symptoms are present, or when the tumor is considerably large, surgical intervention may be necessary.
The most common treatment method for NOFs is curettage, a procedure which involves scraping the tumor out of the bone. A bone graft can be performed following curettage to fill in the area where the tumor was removed. According to Drs. Mollabashy and Gilbert, most patients who have undergone the surgery can return to their regular activities after about 3 months. However, the recovery time for each patient will depend on the size of the tumor, as well as how quickly the bone heals.
Even if no treatment is necessary, Drs. Mollabashy and Gilbert encourage patients to make frequent return visits, so they can be certain the tumor is not growing.
If your child is experiencing any symptoms of Nonossifying Fibromas, Drs. Mollabashy and Gilbert may be able to help. With a vast amount of experience and expertise, these orthopedic surgeons have created one of the most highly respected orthopedic practices in the country.
Dr. Mollabashy and Dr. Gilbert practice at Greater Dallas Orthopaedics in Dallas, Texas. Interested parties are encouraged to find out more atwww.gdortho.com
About Greater Dallas Orthopaedics
Greater Dallas Orthopaedics is made up of board certified surgeons, Dr. Al Mollabashy and Dr. Nathan Gilbert. Specializing in musculoskeletal oncology, reconstructive orthopaedic surgery, and general orthopaedics, GD Ortho treats adult and pediatric patients with efficiency and care.
Dr. Gilbert attended The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and completed his internship in general surgery and residency in orthopaedic surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School & Parkland Memorial Hospital. Dr. Mollabashy, who attended Indiana University School of Medicine, went on to complete a General Surgical Internship at the Methodist Hospital of Indiana. Both surgeons are also assistant clinical professors at UT Southwestern Medical School and are actively involved in physician education.
Greater Dallas Orthopaedics can be reached at 214.252.7020 orhttp://www.gdortho.com/