Intradural Spinal Cord Tumor Resection Dallas, TX
What is a Spinal Cord Tumor?
A tumor that forms in the area of the spinal cord can upset the connection between the brain and the nerves or inhibit the cord’s blood supply. Intradural spinal tumors occur in the arachnoid membrane of the spinal cord as well as in the nerve roots that stretch out of the spinal cord. This type of tumor may be benign or malignant, but in both cases they often require removal.
How is the Spinal Cord Tumor removed or treated?
Complete tumor resection is usually most effective in treating spinal tumors. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia while the spinal cord is constantly monitored. The dura is opened to expose the spinal cord and nerves. The tumor is removed as thoroughly as possible without disrupting healthy surrounding tissue.
A laser is used to help the surgeon reach these tumors, which are often hard to access. Other benefits of a laser technique include a lower risk of complications, a greater likelihood that the entire tumor can be extracted and the potential of less damage occurring to the nerve tissue nearby. The laser affords a higher level of precision and shortens the typical operating time, resulting in a procedure that is safer and more effective.