Spinal tumors are abnormal growths on the bones of the vertebrae or within the spinal cord. They can be malignant (cancerous) or benign.
Spinal tumors can present in many ways. Most patients report feeling:
Our spine surgeons perform more than 1,000 spinal surgeries a year; they are trained to manage spinal tumor surgeries. When the tumor is thought to be malignant, your spinal surgeon will collaborate with our oncologists from the Geaton and JoAnn DeCasaris Cancer Institute.
Your spine surgeon will carefully examine your diagnostic imaging studies, like X-rays and MRIs. Following consultation with a neurosurgeon or oncologist, if necessary, your spinal surgeon will make a recommendation for the best surgical approach.
As with any surgery we perform, our goal is always to return you to health. Your spinal surgeon will recommend the most appropriate surgery to treat your spinal tumor with this goal in mind.