Spine Tumor

Spine Tumor

A spinal tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue inside or surrounding the spinal cord and/or spinal column. The various collection of lesions ranging from benign (non-cancerous) tumors cells grow and multiply uncontrollably, seemingly unchecked by the mechanisms that control normal cells.

Spine Tumor - Overview

Spine Tumor

A spinal tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue inside or surrounding the spinal cord and/or spinal column. The various collection of lesions ranging from benign (non-cancerous) tumors cells grow and multiply uncontrollably, seemingly unchecked by the mechanisms that control normal cells. Spinal tumors can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous) that needs to be treated with surgical resection, to malignant (cancerous). Primary tumors originate in the spine or spinal cord, and secondary tumors or metastatic result from cancer spreading from another site to the spine. The spinal tumors are most often treated with surgical resection alone, although the complex cases may also require additional therapy such as radiation or chemotherapy.

Spine Tumor - Symptoms

Spine Tumor

Spinal tumors may affect the spinal cord or the nerve roots, blood vessels or bones of the spine. The common symptoms of a spinal cord tumor may include:

  • Feeling less sensitive to any kind of pain, heat and cold
  • Loss of bladder function or bowel
  • Back pain that’s worse at night
  • Muscle weakness or Loss of sensation, especially in your arms or legs
  • Weakness in the muscles, which may be mild or severe, in different parts of your body
  • Pain in the area of the tumor due to tumor growth
  • Back pain which often radiates to other parts of your
  • Difficulty walking, sometimes leading

Back pain is the most common and early symptom of spinal tumors. This pain may also radiate beyond your back and spread to your hips, legs, feet or arms and may worsen over time — even with treatment.

Spine Tumor - Pre-Procedure

Spine Tumor

Before a spine tumor surgery your doctor would recommend the following tests to confirm the diagnosis and pinpoint the tumor’s location:

  • Biopsy
  • Spinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Computerized tomography (CT).

Spine Tumor - During Procedure

Spine Tumor

Your doctor will recommend the surgery based on the type of tumor you have and whether it arises from the structures of the spine or spinal canal or if it has spread to your spine from elsewhere in your body are also considered in determining a treatment plan.

Treatment options for most spinal tumors include:

  • Monitoring: In some cases spinal tumors are discovered before they cause any symptoms — in the patients are usually evaluated for another condition. If small tumors aren’t growing or pressing on surrounding tissues, watching and monitoring them carefully is all that’s needed. During this observation, your doctor will likely recommend periodic CT or MRI scans at an appropriate interval to monitor the tumor.

 

  • Surgery: The surgery for spinal tumors is often the treatment of choice for spinal tumors that can be removed with an acceptable risk of spinal cord or nerve injury damage. New techniques and instruments allow the neurosurgeons to reach tumors that were once considered inaccessible. The high-powered microscopes used in microsurgery now make it easier to distinguish tumors from healthy tissue. But even with the help of the latest technological advances in surgery, not all tumors can be totally removed. If the tumor isn’t removed completely, surgery may be followed by other procedures like radiation therapy or chemotherapy or both.

Spine Tumor - Post-Procedure

Spine Tumor

The patient may take a few weeks or even longer recover, depending on the type of procedure. After the surgery, the patient may experience a temporary loss of sensation or other complications, including bleeding and damage to nerve tissue after the surgery. The patient needs to stay in a rehabilitation hospital for a period of time after the surgery. In other cases, physical therapy also takes place at an outpatient facility or at the patient’s home. The total recovery time post the surgery may be as short as three months or as long as one year, depending on the patient’s overall health and the complexity of the surgery.

Spine Tumor - Risk & Complications

Spine Tumor

Surgery of the spinal cord is a complicated operation, and surgeons are very careful to try to limit any problems either during or after the surgery. Problems during or after surgery may include bleeding, infections or reactions to anesthesia are rare, but they can also happen. A major concern after surgery may include swelling in the brain. Drugs called corticosteroids are provided before and for several days after surgery to help lessen this risk.

 

 

Spine Tumor - Doctors

Spine Tumor
  • Dr. Sandeep Vaishya

    Dr. Sandeep Vaishya

    Director , MBBS, MS, MCh, Fellowship

    Neuro and Brain

    20 Years of Experience

  • Dr. Arun Saroha

    Dr. Arun Saroha

    Head of Department , MBBS, MS, MCh

    Neurosurgeon

    19 years of experience

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