Diseases treated include:
- Malignant and benign primary tumors
- Malignant secondary tumors (metastases)
- Pseudo-tumor conditions requiring intensive surgery, even in non-malignant cases, such as life-threatening infections.
Main goal: limb preservation
The main goal of the department is to preserve limbs—to prevent the need for amputation. In order to achieve this goal, the medical staff uses various artificial implants and bone tissue grafts, or a combination of the two. Average limb preservation success is in the range of 90% – 95%.
Among the specialty procedures performed by expert orthopedic oncologists at TASMC are:
- Cryosurgery for bone tumors
- Implantation of non-invasive expandable prosthesis – for uniform bone growth in children
- Free flap/microvascular surgery – free-tissue transfer for reconstruction of complex tissue conditions.
National center of excellence
The Orthopedic Oncology department is recognized by the Israel Ministry of Health as a specialized medical service, which means that Israelis belonging to any national health plan are entitled to apply for and receive treatment in the department, regardless of location of residence in Israel.
Patient-focused care for children
Pediatric orthopedic oncologists at TASMC specialize in accommodating bone growth in children to ensure future growth and preserve future limb symmetry. Oncologists use specialized prosthetics that expand using magnetic or electronic remote controls.
Children treated by the Orthopedic Oncology department are hospitalized in TASMC’s Dana-Dwek Children’s Hospital.
The Orthopedic Oncology team is multidisciplinary, offering a comprehensive approach throughout the patient’s treatment, follow-up, and recovery—to optimize therapeutic outcomes. Patients undergoing additional treatment, such as chemotherapy, are hospitalized in the location that best suits their medical condition.
Medical professionals in the department publish 10-15 scientific papers annually in international forums and journals.
Dr. Amir Sternheim - Head of the Orthopedic Oncology Clinics
– Head of Metastatic Bone Disease
Dr. Shlomo Dadia
Dr. Yair Gortzak – Head of Children’s Orthopedic Oncology
Dr. Alex Nirkin – Attending Physician