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Spine Tumour Surgery

This type of surgery should be considered when determining the treatment plan. In the case of initial tumors, the goal is to eliminate the tumor totally. After progression, painkillers are given.

Monitoring

If primary tumors are not growing or spreading on nearby tissues, monitoring is suggested with regular CT or MRI scans.

Surgery

Tumors should be treated in a way that eliminates them. If the tumor cannot be removed properly. Surgery is performed through radiation therapy or chemotherapy or both.

  • Radiation therapy – It is used for the treatment of tumors that persist after surgery. This treatment is used to treat tumors that cannot be operated on or that are more difficult to operate on.
  • Chemotherapy – This therapy is used as a medication to damage cancer cells.

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Procedure

Before Procedure

  • The surgeon determines the overall health of the patient, medical and surgical records. The doctors consider the procedure, its benefits, and risks prior to surgery.
  • Blood tests, X-rays, and MRI scans.
  • Some medications like blood thinners require that the surgery be stopped at least 2 weeks before the surgery.
  • It is suggested to quit smoking as it reduces blood circulation.

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During Procedure

  • Different techniques are used in the procedure. It is performed as an open procedure or as minimally invasive spine surgery. It depends on the most positive outcome for the patient and the expertise of the surgeon.
  • A cut is made in the skin and tissues are softly transferred to one side to make a way to the spine.
  • MINIMAL spine surgery involves reducing the damaged portion of the tissue adjacent to the operation site to speed up recovery.
  • Placing a catheter near the tumor provides an embolic agent that blocks the vessels carrying the tumor, thereby reducing bleeding.
  • Procedure performed under general anesthesia.
  • The outward approach acknowledges the presence of the dura and displays the nerve roots. The inward approach was used for tumors before the spine.
  • The cutting parts are stitched together with sutures or staples and removed 10 – 14 days later.

After Procedure

  • You will be observed in the hospital for 3 – 5 days.
  • You will experience a bit of pain after surgery which will be managed by medications.
  • You will be given antibiotics.
  • Bed rest is usually not needed.
  • With the support of a physical therapist, you will start physical exercises.
  • Do not smoke. Smoke delays healing.
  • Aims to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Recovery starts with spinal surgery. It can take weeks or more, depending on the procedure.

Complications

Any kind of surgery involves complications:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Chances of blood clots (DVT).
  • Infection
  • Temporary loss of sensation.
  • Nerve damage – Any kind of operation on the spine carries the chance of damaging the nerves or spinal cord.
  • Damage can cause numbness or even paralysis.

Prognosis

A spinal tumor’s health status is determined by whether it is an early-stage tumor or an advanced one, as well as the patient’s age and overall health.

Warning Signs After Procedure

  • Redness, swelling.
  • Drainage from the cutting area.
  • Tenderness
  • Chills
  • Elevated temperature.

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