METRx Tumor Removal
About this Surgery
Used to treat: Lumbar Tumors
A primary spinal tumor means it comes from cells within or near the spine. It may involve the spinal cord, nerve roots, vertebrae and the pelvis. A minimally invasive tumor removal may be done using the METRx system depending on the size and location of the spinal tumor.
Both benign and malignant spinal tumors may require surgical intervention before or after treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation. As much of the tumor is removed as possible without causing neurological problems. A minimally invasive tumor removal may be done using the METRx system depending on the size and location of the spinal tumor. A partial or full laminectomy may need to be performed first to reach a tumor in the spinal column or to remove bone around the spinal cord or spinal nerves to relieve pressure from the growing tumor. The primary goals in tumor resection surgery are to reduce pain caused by the spinal tumor, restore or preserve neurologic function and provide spinal stability.
After surgery, activity such as sitting and walking will be allowed as well as activities that do not require stretching of the spine or straining. Lifting is limited during the initial recovery period. You may be required to use a brace or corset after surgery to help with stability. Radiation is often used following surgery to kill remaining tumor cells. It usually begins one to two weeks following surgery. Radiation may be only 15-20 minutes per day for two to six weeks.
You can expect recovery and improvement in symptoms between 2 weeks and several months following surgery. You may need pain management during your recovery, or possibly on a more long-term basis. Physical and occupational therapy may be beneficial to help restore any lost strength, coordination, or other skills. Your surgeon will recommend periodic follow-up with imaging studies. Sometimes the tumor will grow back and need to be removed again.
Please keep in mind that all treatments and outcomes are specific to the individual patient. Results may vary. Complications, such as infection, blood loss, and bowel or bladder problems are some of the potential adverse risks of surgery. Please consult your physician for a complete list of indications, warnings, precautions, adverse events, clinical results and other important medical information.