Spinal tumors are uncommon and can be either benign or malignant. Spinal tumors can be dangerous when they cause spinal canal compression, which may lead to neurologic dysfunction.
Back pain is a common symptom and it may come from activity or while you are at rest. Other symptoms may include sciatica, numbness, spinal deformity (such as scoliosis) and fever. Spine pain certainly does not always indicate tumor presence. However, early medical intervention is always a wise choice if spine pain does not resolve or if neurologic deficit is experienced.
Treatment Options - Spine Tumor Surgery
Some spinal tumors, benign or malignant, require surgical intervention, which may occur before or after other treatments. Circumstances where surgery may be considered include the inability to manage pain with non-operative treatment, neurologic deficit continues to advance, nerves are compressed, or when spinal stabilization is needed. The primary goals in surgery are to reduce pain caused by the spinal tumor, restore or preserve neurologic function, and provide spinal stability. Surgery may include partial tumor removal (resection or complete tumor removal (excision).
Spinal instrumentation and Fusion are procedures used to reconstruct and stabilize the spine. These procedures join and the level (or levels) where a spinal vertebra has been damaged or removed. Medically designed hardware such as rods, bars, wires, and screws are used for instrumentation to hold the spine during the fusion.
Minnesota Spine Tumor Surgeons
The Maple Grove spine surgeons at Midwest Spine & Brain Institute are experts at treating complex spine conditions. For a complete evaluation and a discussion of your treatment options, contact Midwest Spine & Brain Institute at 1.800.353.7720.