Surgeons at Turin's university hospital center have successfully replaced a bone cancer victim's half pelvis with a titanium transplant.
The 18-year-old Italian teenager had been undergoing chemotherapy for a pelvic osteosarcoma, or tumor, for the last year but his surgeons decided more radical treatment was necessary to ensure his recovery.
In an 11.5-hour operation, the surgeons removed half the patient's pelvis along with part of his hip affected by the cancer, replacing them with a prosthetic made in the United States from titanium covered in tantalum, a non-corrosive metal mainly used in electronic components.
The hospital said in a statement, "The operation had an excellent outcome and the patient is now undergoing intensive therapy to help him adapt to his new pelvis."
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