Spinal cord tumors are abnormal growths in or around the spinal cord. They may be either benign or malignant, but any tumor that causes uncomfortable or painful symptoms will require surgical removal. Most spinal cord tumors can be successfully treated through a minimally invasive procedure.
What are Spinal Cord Tumors?
Spinal cord tumors may appear anywhere along the spinal cord. Depending on their size and location, some may be asymptomatic, meaning they don’t cause any pain or discomfort, while others may lead to chronic symptoms.
Symptoms of Spinal Cord Tumors
Depending on their location, spinal cord tumors may cause back pain and discomfort, and they may also cause symptoms in the arms or legs. Symptoms may gradually get worse as the tumor continues to grow.
Eventually, these tumors may lead to paralysis, sensory loss or bladder control problems as they affect the nerves in and around the spinal cord.
Removing Spinal Cord Tumors
At Spine Care Partners, your surgeon will work with you to determine the best treatment plan to safely and fully remove the growth.
Most spinal cord tumors can be removed through a minimally invasive procedure. In rare cases, a more robust procedure may be necessary to safely remove the entire tumor without further damaging surrounding nerves and tissues.
In situations where the tumor cannot be fully removed through surgery, your surgeon may recommend focused radiation through a referred provider.