Surgery of Tumors of the Spine and Spinal Cord
Benign and malignant tumors can originate in the bone of the spine, the tissues covering the spinal cord, and the spinal cord itself. Treatment of these tumors often requires a multidisciplinary team of physicians including surgeons, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists. Depending on the specific disease, the goal of surgery may be removal of the tumor and/or stabilization of the spine rendered unstable by tumor, employing fusion and instrumentation techniques. Present use of microscopic technique, intra-operative nerve monitoring, and advances in spinal instrumentation have made surgery for spinal tumors significantly safer.