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Spine supports your body to stand upright and do everyday simple activities. Sometimes there is a spurt of unwanted cell growth which leads to an accumulation of mass of unwanted cells. The major symptoms that are found in patients with spinal cord tumors are severe back ache, weakness change in bowel habits. Not all spine tumors need a surgery but if required immediate action is necessary as it might interrupt everyday activities like sitting, standing or even walking in some cases. There are two types of tumors one is the normal accumulation of mass and other is cancer cells forming a mass taking the help of your spine.
An MRI scan is taken first to locate the position of the tumor in the spine. Depending on the position of the tumor different methods of removal are used. There are two kinds of spine tumors namely, vertebral column tumors and intradural-extramedullary tumors. The vertebral column tumors occur in the bone of the spine. The spinal cord is covered with sheath and when tumors occur here they are called as intradural-extramedullary tumors which are most commonly seen. The surgery techniques are different for both the types of tumors.
The vertebral column surgery compresses the bones and hence decompression mechanism is used. In this surgery a part of vertebra that is causing the tumor is removed. In case of the second type, the entire tumor is removed using different techniques for different areas of the spine. Major surgery that is done is biopsy which involves opening of the skin and removing the tumor. When six or more vertebrae are involved and the surgery takes long time then it is considered to be complex.
At the end of the day, it is spine that makes you stand, sit and sleep and lets you do all other activities. Therefore a surgeon with expertise and experience is very important. Dr. T Suresh has over 14 years of experience in the field of surgery. Book your appointment today with one of the top surgeons in the town.