Tumors (Benign/Malignant)

color_tumorTumors of the spine and spinal cord are relatively uncommon. The most common initial symptom that patients with a spinal tumor have is pain. Because back pain is very common, it is also not a specific symptom of any one disease or medical condition. Spinal cord tumors can be either primary (originating in the spinal cord) or secondary (metastases of cancer that originated elsewhere in the body). Therefore, the challenge is to determine how to evaluate back pain with the goal of specifically excluding a tumor as the cause of the pain. Luckily, most back pain is not due to a tumor. However, if a cancer were discovered after a long period of “conservative” management of back pain, most patients would feel that their problem should have been investigated more thoroughly in the beginning.

Doctors use the term “benign” to indicate that a particular tumor is unlikely to spread to others parts of the body. Benign tumors can still be a significant problem however, depending upon their location, size, adjacent structures, blood supply, and other factors. Fortunately, most benign tumors can be treated successfully.

Doctors use the term “malignant” to indicate that a particular tumor or a cancer often spreads to other parts of the body, and can be difficult to cure or treat. This is very different from “benign” cancers, which are much less likely to spread, are easier to treat and control.

Treatments

Conservative Treatments

At the Center for Spine Care, we offer a variety of non-surgical, conservative care approaches to treating back or neck pain. Most of our patients improve with these treatments and never need surgery.

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Laminectomy

What is It? 
Lumbar laminectomy is an operation performed on the lower spine to relieve pressure on one or more nerve roots. The term is derived from lumbar (lower spine), lamina (part of the spinal canal’s bony roof), & -ectomy (removal).

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Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Abnormalities or degeneration (wearing) of the discs between vertebrae may lead to abnormal motions causing back and or leg pain. If this pain continues following attempts at rehabilitation, surgery may be recommended. Surgical treatments for this pain commonly involve eliminating motion between affected vertebrae by initiating new bone growth, ultimately joining the two vertebrae together.

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Technologies

4Web

CSC is using the modern 4Web implant for Lumbar and Cervical Interbody Fusion surgery. The modern implant has a truss design to help accelerate bone growth.

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Clarity Cross Fuse

CSC uses many interbody fusion systems because each patient is different. The Clarity Cross Fuse is a modern, pioneering approach to lumbar interbody fusion procedures.

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FUSE

CSC uses the most modern devices such as FUSE for interbody fusions.

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Longitude

CSC offers multitudes of minimally-invasive technologies such as the modern Longitude System to access the spine safely.

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nanOss Bioactive 3D

CSC uses advanced biologics for a safe and scientific approach to treating the spine . The nanOss Bioactive 3D is a modern, innovative technology used to stimulate bone growth.

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SEXTANT

We were early pioneers of the SEXTANT system. SEXTANT allows stabilization of the posterior spine with smaller incisions and less damage to the ligaments, fascia, and muscles than with a traditional “open” posterior spinal fusion

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Solera

CSC uses the latest and safest technologies when performing spinal fusions. The SOLERA system aids in helping patients with mid to lower back pain.

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Stem Cell
Therapy

Center for Spine Care offers stem cell therapy as a conservative treatment to promote natural healing for back or neck pain. Utilizing mesenchymal stem cells, this new method is used to treat patients with neck and back pain caused from degenerative disc disease.