New York City Spine

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Manhattan Office

New York City Spine Surgery, PLLC
343 West 58th Street
New York, NY 10019
Call: 212-506-0240
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NJ Office

New York City Spine Surgery, PLLC
261 James Street, Suite 2G
Morristown,
NJ 07960
Call: 973-998-9651
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A spinal tumor can develop within the spine or travel (metastasize) to the spine from another area in the body. Like other tumors, the growth can be cancerous (malignant) or noncancerous (benign). The concern with a tumor in the spine is that it has the potential to put pressure on nerves or destroy bone, leading to pain, spinal misalignment and sometimes paralysis.

Tumors that originate in the spine are relatively uncommon; however, individuals with a history of breast, lung, prostate cancer or multiple myeloma should be especially vigilant to new or unusual back pain, as this may indicate the cancer has metastasized. Cancerous tumors tend to grow more quickly than noncancerous tumors.

The hallmark symptom of a tumor in the spine is back pain. Most cases of back pain are not caused by a spinal tumor; rather, episodes of back pain are usually brought on by aging, strain or other noncancerous spine disorders. Symptoms of a spinal tumor vary, depending on the location and type of growth. Symptoms may include:

  • Back pain unrelated to specific injury, especially in the middle or lower back
  • Back pain that worsens at night or
  • Muscle weakness, especially in the legs; changes in sensation, paralysis
  • Difficulty walking; loss of bowel or bladder function
  • Spinal deformity

Spinal Tumor Types
Tumors are classified by where they originate in the spine or by cell type (e.g. hemangioma, osteoblastoma):
Extradural tumor – most common type of spinal tumor; affects the bones and cartilage of the vertebrae. Most often develops as a result of cancer that originates elsewhere in the body.
Intradural extramedullary tumor – occurs outside the spinal cord but within its protective covering (arachnoid membrane), e.g., meningioma
Intramedullary tumor – develops within the spinal cord; can be cancerous or noncancerous. Often seen in children and young adults.

 

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Hospital Affiliations

Outpatient Surgery Centers

Malo Surgery Center 201 Route 17 North 12th floor
Rutherford, NJ 07070
Phone: 201-549-8890
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Midtown Surgery Center 305 East 47th St.
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212-751-2100
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Advanced Spine Surgery Center 855 Lehigh Ave,
Union, NJ 07083
Phone: 908-557-9420
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Denville Surgery Center LLC3130 Route 10 West
Denville, NJ 07834
Phone: 973-328-3475
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Daveed D. Frazier, MD is the medical director of New York City Spine Surgery PLLC and specializes in non-surgical and minimally invasive surgical treatments for back/neck pain and spine-related disorders. New York City Spine Surgery PLLC has 2 main locations in New York City and New Jersey with the main office located at 343 West 58th Street, New York, NY 10019. Call 212-506-0240 for an appointment at either location. Fax 212-265-0739.