Emerging techniques in the minimally invasive treatment and management of thoracic spine tumors

Zachary A. Smith, Isaac Yang, Alessandra Gorgulho, Dan Raphael, Antonio A.F. De Salles, Larry T. Khoo*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

12 Scopus citations

Abstract

Over the past decade, the development and refinement of minimally invasive spine surgery techniques has lead to procedures with the potential to minimize iatrogenic and post-operative sequelae that may occur during the surgical treatment of various pathologies. In a similar manner, parallel advances in other current treatment technologies have led to the development of other minimally invasive treatments of spinal malignancies. These advances include percutaneous techniques for vertebral reconstruction, including vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty, the development of safe and effective spinal radiosurgery, and minimal-access spinal surgical procedures that allow surgeons to safely decompress and reconstruct the anterior spinal column. The advent of these new techniques has given modern practitioners treatment options in situations where they previously were limited by the potentially significant morbidities of the available techniques. Here, the authors discuss the application of current minimally invasive technologies in the treatment of malignancies of the thoracic spine, focusing on vertebral kyphoplasty, spinal radiosurgery, and minimally invasive spinal decompression techniques. The author's describe how these emerging treatment options are significantly expanding the options open to clinicians in the treatment of thoracic spinal column malignancies. Specific illustrative case examples are provided. The development of these techniques has the potential to improve clinical outcomes, limit surgical morbidity, and also improve the safety and efficiency of treatment pathways.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-455
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Neuro-Oncology
Volume107
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2012

Keywords

  • Lateral extracavitary
  • Lateral interbody
  • Minimally invasive spine
  • Spinal radiosurgery
  • Spine surgery
  • Vertebroplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cancer Research

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Emerging techniques in the minimally invasive treatment and management of thoracic spine tumors'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this