What is Minimally Invasive Spinal Tumor Surgery?
If you have been diagnosed with a spinal tumor, your doctor will do special tests like an MRI or CT scan to determine the location and the type of your tumor. You may be experiencing different symptoms including pain, numbness and tingling or weakness. The best course of treatment may be to remove the spinal tumor.
During minimally invasive spine tumor surgery, a small incision is made in your back and specialized instruments are introduced to the area where the tumor is located. Your neurosurgeon will use these instruments to remove the tumor from your spinal, relieving pressure from your spinal cord and nerves.
Once the spinal tumor has been removed, the small incision will be closed. Some patients are able to return home within 24 hours after minimally invasive spinal tumor surgery. Some patients require more time in the hospital, but their recovery is almost always much faster if the tumor is removed using minimally invasive techniques.
Benefits of the minimally invasive approach to spinal tumor surgery include:
After your surgery, you may be surprised at how good you feel and at how quickly you are able to start the recovery process.
Recovery after Minimally Invasive Spinal Tumor Surgery
Every person recovers differently from minimally invasive spinal surgery. After spine tumor surgery, you may be surprised at how good you feel. That is because the incisions used are so tiny and your back muscles are not dissected from your spinal bones during the procedure.
Many patients are able to return to work within a week of surgery, and most return to their full active and pain free lifestyle within 4 to 6 weeks of the surgery. If your tumor is causing significant neurological problems, then recovery can be longer, as recovery from the effects of the tumor on your nerves can take months. Your doctor will discuss your recovery with you after your spine tumor surgery, any physical therapy or additional treatment you may need and help guide you in your return to normal activities.
There are many different types of spinal tumors, and some can be fully removed from your spinal canal during minimally invasive spinal tumor surgery . Other tumors may only be partially resected, and you may be required to undergo radiation treatment to fully treat your spinal tumor.
Risks of Minimally Invasive Spinal Tumor Surgery
Every surgical procedure carries with it some risk. Your surgeon will review those risks with you so you can make an informed decision about your care. Typical risks of minimally invasive spinal tumor resection include:
The risks from your spine tumor surgery are no different when compared to standard open spinal surgery, and every effort is made to minimize all risks from surgery.
Is Minimally Invasive Spinal Tumor Surgery Right for Me?
It is natural to be anxious and concerned when facing minimally invasive spinal tumor surgery. You may be wondering if your symptoms will subside and if you will be able to return to your normal activities.
A close working relationship with the neurosurgeon who performs your spine tumor surgery is important.