A Scots cancer patient had part of her leg removed and rushed to another hospital for radiation treatment and then sent back to doctors to be reattached in a rare surgical procedure.

Jan Ritson's left tumorous shinbone was cut out at the Golden Jubilee Hospital and sent on a 20-minute journey to Glasgow’s Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre in a sterile container.

After being treated, her shinbone was then returned to doctors at the Clydebank hospital where Jan was still on the operating table under a team led by Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Ashish Mahendra of Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

The skilled surgeons carried out the complicated 12-hour procedure on the 71-year-old in order to deal with a sarcoma, with the aim of saving Jan's leg and avoiding amputation.

Jan Ritson's leg is recovering well following her unique op

This was the third cancer diagnosis for Jan, from Stewarton, East Ayrshire.

She said: “I’ve had cancer diagnoses twice in the past and I knew I couldn’t just live with it so I knew something needed to be done, whatever that was.

“I researched Mr Mahendra and was quite happy to put my leg in his hands, as it were, and just get on with the operation.

“It was a little bit daunting, I have to say, knowing that if the operation hadn’t worked out that it would mean an amputation.

"That really worried me, but I got my head round it and accepted that's what it was going to be.

Surgeons at the Golden Jubilee Hospital carry out the rare procedure

“It’s absolutely mind-blowing what they have achieved."

Due to the severity of the tumour in Jan’s lower leg, amputation would have been the simplest option to treat the condition

However, the clinical teams involved assessed that there was a good chance of saving her leg, despite the added logistical difficulties.

While treating the cancer, the radiation effectively killed the tibia bone, meaning it would no longer receive a blood supply. Doctors then had to use clean bone from Jan’s fibula to bring the tibia back to life.

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Ashish Mahendra

Mr Mahendra said: “This really was one big team effort by everyone involved and we could not have done this without the teamwork and collaboration when the sarcoma service transferred over to the Golden Jubilee.

“The patient is doing really well so far and is very grateful the cancer is out. She is healing well but has a long road ahead and remains under regular follow-up.”

Jan added: “Mr Mahendra was exceptionally good at helping me along the way, explaining absolutely everything, as well as all the other people on the teams, making contact with me, so I felt I was in very, very good hands and just wanted to get on with it to get this tumour out of my leg.

“Now that it’s done I feel wonderful and I’m now in the healing process where I have to do a good job too to make me better and whole, maybe get back to some golf at some point hopefully.

“Everything is healing well and going according to plan.

"Before the operation I hadn’t been able to do much like gardening or anything so just getting back to normal life and not being wheeled about in a chair would be just magic, wonderful.”