Open Tumor Resection

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.

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. 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.

Surgery may be the only treatment for a primary spinal tumor that is benign. 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 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.

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.