Metastatic tumors, or tumors that have spread from other organs to the spine, often are best treated with:
- A combination of radiation or chemotherapy to shrink the tumors
- Spinal surgery to straighten and stabilize the spine
The Maryland Spine Center surgeons have had excellent results in treating spinal tumors by using both spinal injury instrumentation and the same Kyphoreduction instrumentation and methods used for kyphosis. These procedures straighten and stabilize the spine. Surgery typically:
- Eliminates most of the pain
- Restores patient mobility
- Protects the spinal cord from injury due to fractures from weakened vertebrae
When it is necessary to remove large portions of the spine, our surgeons have extensive experience in reconstructing one or more vertebrae with custom artificial spinal segments. Our spine surgeons work together with the cancer specialists at The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy, rehabilitation specialists at The Center for Restorative Therapies at Mercy and numerous other specialists for management of cancerous conditions.