Spine Tumor in Hollywood & Miami FL

Spine Tumor

Serving the South Florida area with locations in Hollywood and Miami, FL

Dr. Andreas C. Tomac, MD, PhD, FAANS is a distinguished neurosurgeon specializing in diagnosing and treating Spine Tumors.

What is a Spine Tumor?

A spine tumor refers to an abnormal growth or mass of cells that develops within the spinal canal or the bones of the spine (vertebrae). These tumors can be broadly categorized into primary and secondary tumors. Primary spine tumors originate in the spinal cord or the surrounding structures, while secondary tumors, also known as metastatic tumors, originate in other parts of the body and spread to the spine. Spine tumors can be either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous), and they can vary in size and location. The presence of a spine tumor can lead to various symptoms, including localized pain, neurological deficits, and changes in bowel or bladder function, depending on the tumor’s location and impact on surrounding structures. Specialized medical professionals, including neurosurgeons and oncologists, are typically involved in the comprehensive diagnosis and management of spine tumors. Early detection and appropriate intervention are critical for optimizing treatment outcomes and preserving spinal function.

Who can it affect?

Spine tumors can potentially affect individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Primary spine tumors, though relatively uncommon, can arise in people without a history of cancer and may be linked to genetic factors or conditions affecting the spine. On the other hand, secondary or metastatic spine tumors can impact individuals who have already been diagnosed with cancer in other parts of the body. The risk of spine tumors generally increases with age, and certain factors such as a history of cancer, exposure to radiation, or specific genetic predispositions may contribute to their development. As spine tumors can present with a variety of symptoms, including pain and neurological issues, individuals experiencing persistent or concerning symptoms should seek prompt medical evaluation. The diagnosis and management of spine tumors often involve a multidisciplinary approach, with specialists such as neurosurgeons and oncologists playing key roles in tailoring treatment plans based on the specific characteristics of the tumor and the overall health of the patient.

 What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of spine tumors can vary depending on factors such as the type, location, and size of the tumor. Common symptoms may include:

  • Localized Pain: Persistent, often worsening pain at the site of the tumor or in the affected region of the spine.
  • Neurological Deficits: Depending on the tumor’s location, individuals may experience neurological symptoms such as weakness, numbness, or tingling in the extremities.
  • Changes in Bowel or Bladder Function: Spine tumors can impact the nerves responsible for bowel and bladder control, leading to changes in function.
  • Difficulty Walking: Tumors affecting the spinal cord may result in difficulties with coordination and walking.
  • Muscle Weakness: Weakness in the muscles served by the affected nerves may occur.
  • Spinal Deformities: In some cases, spine tumors can lead to visible deformities or changes in the curvature of the spine.

It’s important to note that not all spine tumors cause immediate or severe symptoms, and some may be asymptomatic. However, persistent or worsening symptoms, especially those affecting neurological function, should prompt immediate medical evaluation. Healthcare professionals, including neurosurgeons and oncologists, play a crucial role in diagnosing spine tumors and developing appropriate management plans based on the individual’s specific circumstances.

Treating Spine Tumors

Spine Tumor in Hollywood & Miami FL

How are Spine Tumors diagnosed?

Diagnosing spine tumors involves a comprehensive evaluation, and a neurosurgeon like Dr. Tomac plays a crucial role in this diagnostic process. Dr. Tomac typically begins by gathering a detailed medical history, including information about the onset and progression of symptoms, previous medical conditions, and family history. A thorough physical examination assesses neurological function, pain levels, and any visible signs of spinal abnormalities. Imaging studies, such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or Computed Tomography (CT) scans, are essential to visualize the spine and identify the location, size, and characteristics of the tumor. In some cases, a biopsy may be performed to determine whether the tumor is benign or malignant. Dr. Tomac’s expertise in neurosurgery allows for a precise analysis of imaging results and biopsy findings, aiding in an accurate diagnosis. The collaboration between the patient and Dr. Tomac is crucial in developing a personalized treatment plan based on the specific characteristics of the spine tumor. Seeking timely medical attention is essential for an accurate diagnosis and the initiation of appropriate management strategies.

Spine Tumor in Hollywood & Miami FL

What treatments are available?

Discover effective treatments for spinal fractures at our clinic. Led by renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Tomac, our comprehensive approach considers factors like fracture type and severity. Non-surgical options, including pain management, bracing, and activity modification, offer tailored solutions. For more serious cases, surgical interventions like vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty, spinal fusion, or internal fixation are available. Collaborate with Dr. Tomac to determine the most suitable treatment plan, ensuring personalized care aligned with your unique circumstances. Timely medical attention and regular follow-ups are essential for monitoring progress and addressing concerns. Explore our resources for insightful information on spinal fracture treatments and take the first step towards optimal spinal health.