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Tumors of the Spine

Description

Tumors of the spine are usually metastatic, meaning they originate from a primary tumor elsewhere in the body and spread to the spine via the lymph nodes or bloodstream. Tumors can grow into the spinal cord causing neurological problems. In addition, tumors may destroy vertebral bodies causing collapse and thus, local or radiating pain.

Symptoms

  • Back pain caused by destroyed bone
  • Radiating leg pain or weakness
  • Neurological problems

Causes

  • Growth of a primary tumor in a vertebral body
  • Spread of distant primary organ tumors to the spine
  • Growth of tumors into spinal canal
  • Collapse of vertebral bodies causing nerve pressure

Possible Treatment Options

  • Non Operative Treatment

  • Chemotherapy and radiation are sometimes needed. Surgery can be considered for those who do not improve.

  • Anterior Vertebral Body Replacement

  • Surgical instruments are used to remove tumor and affected vertebrae. Once the tumor is removed, a metal implant is inserted to provide stability and replace the void caused by the removed tumor.

  • Laminectomy and Instrumentation

  • Performed when a tumor has spread to the spine and is pushing on the spinal cord. The laminectomy removes a portion of the bone pushing on the nerves or spinal cord causing pain. Instrumentation is often used to provide additional stability.

For more information on Tumors of the Spine, visit understandspinesurgery.com

What Do Our Clients Say…

  • "I had a great experience with my back problems. Dr. Dhupar was able to guide me through a course of non-operative treatment and avoid surgery. I would highly recommend a visit if you have back problems."

  • "My husband suffered for years until Dr. Dhupar stopped his sciatica through a minimally invasive surgical procedure. We are very thankful and highly recommend his services."

  • "Thank you very much for helping me. I had excruciating pain until I had a microdiscectomy. The operation helped me tremendously and I highly recommend the helpful staff at North Colorado Spine.

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