Losing a Foot to Save a Life

Jenn Andrews of Charlotte

Oftentimes, big life stories begin when we’re focused elsewhere. In 2013, Jenn Andrews’ focus was on her first pregnancy and a little self-care, when a pedicure technician felt a small bump on Jenn’s foot. What seemed so trivial that day would become so important later. That bump was a tumor – myxoid sarcoma, a rare and potentially life-threatening form of cancer. Despite an initial attempt at removing the tumor, it eventually came back, and now Jenn faced a daunting choice five years later: She could cure the cancer only by losing her foot.

Through Levine Cancer Institute, OrthoCarolina specialists Bryan Loeffler, MD, and Glenn Gaston, MD became part of Jenn's care team. Two surgeons whose advancements in Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR) have been featured by Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN. Jenn would benefit from their groundbreaking achievements in TMR, which can reduce phantom limb pain and decrease the formation of neuromas – thickened nerves that can cause chronic pain even long after amputations heal.

Read the full story at Atrium Health.





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