Doctors at the Kovai Medical Center and Hospital (KMCH) removed a gigantic tumor measuring 30 cm and weighing 2.2 kg.
A 30-year-old daily wage worker from Tirupur walked into the KMCH in the end of April with a cactus like tumor protruding out of his right hip.
The tumor which was noticed almost four years back, had been growing in size. The patient had approached few private hospitals but was turned away because they found it too risky.
The tumor was found to be a non-cancerous osteochondroma, which had formed in the pelvic bone of the patient.
Osteochondroma is a genetically transmitted non-cancerous bone tumor, usually present around the knee joint area.
Doctors performed a four-hour long surgery called type 1 Internal hemipelvectomy, a major portion of the hip bone was removed from the lower part of the spine.
Dr Firoz Rajan, Surgical Oncologist at the CMCH, said, "The operation involved removal of a major portion of the hip bone from the lower part of the back bone (spine) without causing any damage to the hip joint. Osteochondromas are one of the most common non-cancerous bone tumors . Sometimes they appear in multiple areas and can have other members in the family developing the same feature due to genetic transmission."