Spinal Tumor Treatment: Surgery

Several surgical procedures are used as spinal tumor treatment options when removing tumors and affected bone from the spine, in some cases to specifically relieve pressure on the spinal cord. These same procedures also focus on providing surgical fixation or stabilization of the spine.

Several surgical procedures are used as spinal tumor treatment options when removing tumors and affected bone from the spine, in some cases to specifically relieve pressure on the spinal cord. These same procedures also focus on providing surgical fixation or stabilization of the spine.

Patients and physicians together weigh the pros and cons of each procedure to determine the appropriate treatment path.

How does surgery treat metastatic spinal tumors?

Spine surgery is typically used to treat a metastatic spinal tumor only when complicated by the presence of neurological symptoms due to increased pressure on the spinal cord. The lack of such complications would often rule out surgery as a treatment option for a metastatic spinal tumor.

During such a surgery, efforts are made to remove any portions of a metastatic spinal tumor that can be reached. Post-operative radiation or other therapy is then used to treat portions of a tumor that could not be removed surgically.