Tumors of the spine are usually metastatic, meaning they originate from a primary tumor elsewhere in the body and spread to the spine via the lymph nodes or bloodstream.
Tumors can grow into the spinal cord causing neurological problems. In addition, tumors may destroy vertebral bodies causing collapse and thus, local or radiating pain.
Chemotherapy and radiation are sometimes needed.
Surgery can be considered for those who do not improve.
Surgical instruments are used to remove tumor and affected vertebrae. Once the tumor is removed, a metal implant is inserted to provide stability and replace the void caused by the removed tumor.
Performed when a tumor has spread to the spine and is pushing on the spinal cord. The laminectomy removes a portion of the bone pushing on the nerves or spinal cord causing pain. Instrumentation is often used to provide additional stability.