Masses or tumors can develop in the bones, muscles or joints. Many times they may not cause pain or symptoms initially, and are discovered on imaging or during the course of treatment for another unrelated medical condition. Other times, individuals may experience pain in the region of the tumor, a pain that does not get better with time, or may notice a visible lump or swelling at the site of the tumor.
If you discover that you have a bone, muscle, or joint tumor it is extremely important to be seen and diagnosed as soon as possible. While most people initially are concerned that they may have a cancer diagnosis, they are surprised to find out that the vast majority of tumors involving muscles, bones, and joints are not cancerous.
At Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center, specialist Dr. Ron Hugate and his team will work to properly diagnosis any tumor and work with you to determine the best treatment options. Dr. Hugate is one of only a couple hundred orthopedic surgeons nationwide, who is trained in the sub-specialty of orthopedic oncology. He completed fellowship in orthopedic oncology at the Mayo Clinic and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of both benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) tumors that involve muscles, bones, and joints.
Dr. Hugate also continues to be actively involved in teaching and research around orthopedic oncology and the treatment and removal of bone, muscle, and joint tumors. He and his team have treated thousands of patients – from children to adults – over the years with various types of tumors. Sometimes patients travel from other parts of the world, to Denver, seeking his expertise.
In his practice, Dr. Hugate focuses on the removal of tumors in such a way that limbs are salvaged function is maximized. He utilizes the newest surgical and reconstructive techniques. Advancements in medicine today, allow for limb preservation in the majority of cases – meaning the tumor can be removed and the limb can be reconstructed without amputation in a way that the individual has little to no change in function.
In those cases where a tumor is larger, or cancer poses a threat to life or limb, Dr. Hugate will carefully evaluate every option and review them with the patient and their family to ensure the best possible outcome. Because of Dr. Hugate’s unique specialty, doctors and orthopedic surgeons from around the country trust their patients to him for evaluation and care.