Spine Tumors Specialists

The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group -  - Neurosurgery

The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group

Neurosurgery located in Silver Spring, MD

The board-certified neurosurgeons at The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group in Silver Spring, Maryland, are highly skilled in diagnosing and treating non-cancerous and cancerous spine tumors. They use the latest technologies and surgical techniques to remove tumors and ease tumor-related symptoms while protecting your long-term spine health. Schedule a consultation by calling The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group to learn more about services available for spine tumors.

Spine Tumors Q & A

What are Spine Tumors?

Spine tumors are abnormal growths in the spine that can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). The two general classifications for spine tumors include:

  • Primary Spine Tumors: Primary spine tumors begin in the spinal column, growing within the bones, spinal discs, or other structures of the spine. A hemangioma is a common type of primary spine tumor and is typically benign. While anyone can develop a primary spine tumor, the condition is most common in younger people.
  • Secondary Spine Tumors: Secondary spine tumors are also known as metastatic tumors and spread from other areas of the body into the spine. This type of spine tumor is most often cancerous and spreads from the lungs, breast, or prostate. For many with secondary spine tumors, cancerous cells are fast-growing and aggressive.

The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group has extensive experience with all types of brain and spinal cord tumors, including:

  • Dermoid
  • Teratoma
  • Epidermoid
  • Astrocytoma
  • Ganglioglioma
  • Hemangioblastoma
  • Intradural meningioma
  • Glioblastoma multiforme
  • Neuroma (neurofibroma or neurilemoma)
  • Ependymoma and myxopapillary ependymoma

The neurosurgeons can treat tumors in any area of the spine and on the spinal cord.

What are the Symptoms of a Spine Tumor?

You can have a spine tumor without any symptoms. However, as the tumor continues to grow, you may develop pain in your back or neurological symptoms, like numbness or weakness in your arms and legs.

Some of the most common symptoms of a spine tumor include:

  • Neck pain
  • Deep backache
  • Shock-like back pain
  • Pins and needles sensations in back and limbs

If you have these symptoms and also experience changes in your weight, fever, chills, or vomiting, you should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group as soon as possible.

How is a Spine Tumor Diagnosed?

During an evaluation for a spine tumor, your The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group provider reviews your symptoms and your medical history. To identify a potential tumor within your spine, they may request imaging tests like:

  • Bone scan
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) scan

If they identify a tumor, your The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group provider may recommend a biopsy, a procedure to remove a sample of tissue from the tumor for further testing. They may use a needle to remove the sample, or surgery may be necessary to access the tumor.

How is a Spine Tumor Treated?

Your treatment for a spine tumor depends on the type of tumor and its location. The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group providers have more than 20 years of experience in treating and removing spine tumors to reduce pressure on the nerves and other surrounding structures. 

If the tumor is cancerous, you may be a candidate for radiation or chemotherapy to shrink the tumor and prevent it from spreading.

The neurosurgeons at The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group use a variety of specialized surgical techniques, including stereotactic radiosurgery, to maintain stability in your spine and reduce your risk for nerve damage and other unnecessary trauma.

Another common technique for spine tumors inside the spinal canal is a thoracic laminectomy. This procedure involves removing part of a vertebra in your mid-back to access the tumor and reduce compression on your spinal cord and nerves.

Other surgical techniques available include:

  • Laminoplasty
  • Resection of extramedullary tumors
  • Resection of intra and epidural tumors
  • Laminectomy and resection of intramedullary tumors

If you have symptoms of a spine tumor or need an evaluation for surgery, schedule an appointment by calling The Metropolitan Neurosurgery Group today.