MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINAL CORD TUMOR REMOVAL SURGERY
October 7, 2015 by: Luis Manuel Tumialan MD
The removal of a spinal tumor is typically recommended when the tumor is detected and a surgeon feels that it poses a pressing medical concern with regard to overall health and wellness of a patient. The spinal surgeon will remove as much of the tumor as possible in order to preserve normal brain function and spinal function.
The remaining cancerous cells within the patient's body can be treated with radiation therapy or chemotherapy. The surgery helps with the process of cancer treatment, and can also alleviate various symptoms associated with the spinal tumor.
Determining Candidacy for Surgery
During the consultation process, a spinal surgeon will determine if surgery is a viable option for a patient and when the surgery should be carried out. When meeting with Dr. Tumialán, he will go over all of the risks and benefits involved so you can make an informed and confident decision about your overall health and wellness.
A Minimally Invasive Approach to Surgical Removal of a Tumor
Dr. Tumialán is one of the few spinal surgeons in the United States who performs minimally invasive tumor removal surgery. This is achieved through the use of small ports along the spine through which Dr. Tumialán can access the affected tissue. A laminectomy is performed through this ports, which involves the removal of the affected part of the patient's vertebrae. The tumor itself is cauterized and softened during the removal process to ensure that as much of the cancerous material as possible is removed during the procedure.
Advantages of Minimally Invasive Surgery Over Open Surgery
Minimally invasive spinal surgery is preferable to open spine surgery for a number of reasons. The most important of these reasons involves patient recovery and healing times. Since incisions are smaller and do no expose the spine, patients will often experience far less pain after a minimally invasive procedure, and the patient will also recover sooner since the incisions are much smaller. Scarring is less noticeable following a minimally invasive procedure as well.
In addition, the side effects of minimally invasive surgery are typically more manageable, and there is reduced risk for infection and other complications.
Using Advanced Approaches to Promote Total Wellness
Dr. Tumialán is committed to helping all of his patients, and he wants to help them by using the most advanced techniques and approaches in spinal surgeries and neurosurgery. Since he is one of the select surgeons in the country to perform minimally invasive spinal tumor removal, this means Arizona residents and people throughout the southwest can rely on his expertise.
Learn More from a Qualified Neurosurgeon and Spinal Surgery Expert
To learn more about treatment for spinal tumors and other serious medical conditions affecting the neck and back, we encourage you to contact our spinal surgery center today. Dr. Luis Manuel Tumialán will work with you to help alleviate pain and improve your wellness in the process.
If you are struggling with pain, weakness, loss of function, or other symptoms of spinal complications, contact Dr. Tumialán's office today.