U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 40-year-old member asked:

What are the risks associated with removing a spinal tumor?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 29 years experience
Paralysis, etc.: This depends on where the tumor is and how complex it is. Some, like ependymomas are benign, but can be in the center of the spinal cord, making removal all but impossible. If the tumor is wrapped around the spinal cord, removal might be possible, but the cord can be damaged, and complications like paralysis can occur. If a nerve is compressed, pain can occur, or numbness.

Related questions

A 37-year-old member asked:
What can I do to slow the growth of a spinal tumor?
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
A 32-year-old member asked:
Please help! what is the most common tumor of the spinal cord?
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
A 28-year-old male asked:
What are the symptoms of a middle back/spinal tumor? Is it rare?
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
A 33-year-old member asked:
I think I have symptoms of a spinal tumor. What tests would i need to take?
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 43-year-old member asked:
How to know if I have a brain or spinal tumor?
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Last updated Jul 21, 2012

People also asked

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.