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Treatment of Spinal Cord Lipoma

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Cost for treatment

Diagnostic tests for spinal cord lipoma
 from  465
Microsurgical removal of spinal cord lipoma
 from  8347
Neurological rehabilitation Phase C
 from  540

Hospital Neuwerk Moenchengladbach

10/10
location_onGermany, Moenchengladbach

Department of Spinal Surgery

The Hospital Neuwerk, which is in Moenchengladbach, has over 10 specialized operating departments. Located in the northern part of the city, the hospital has been a coordination center for the region for many years. The hospital has 310 comfortable beds for ist patients. Due to a wide range of medical services, the hospital offe
Diagnostic tests for spinal cord lipoma
1749 help1649
Microsurgical removal of spinal cord lipoma
18719 help16719

Catholic Clinic Koblenz-Montabaur

10/10
location_onGermany, Koblenz

Department of Spinal Surgery

The Catholic Clinic Koblenz-Montabaur positions itself as a modern medical facility, which provides high-quality diagnostics and treatment in accordance with the international standards. The medical complex is the Academic Hospital of the University Hospital Mainz, which gives patients the opportunity to have access to the most
Diagnostic tests for spinal cord lipoma
1830
Microsurgical removal of spinal cord lipoma
22806

Charite University Hospital Berlin

9/10
location_onGermany, Berlin

Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery

According to the authoritative Focus magazine, the Charite University Hospital Berlin occupies the first place in the rating of the top German medical facilities! The hospital is one of the largest and leading university medical complexes in Europe. The hospital in Germany provides modern diagnostics and treatment of patients, a
Diagnostic tests for spinal cord lipoma
2526
Microsurgical removal of spinal cord lipoma
34202

Beta Klinik Bonn

9.7/10
location_onGermany, Bonn

Department of Neurosurgery and Interventional Neuroradiology

Beta Klinik is a modern hospital which consists of 30 specialized departments. The hospital is equipped with the state-of-the-art equipment of the university level. The operating rooms, an intensive care unit and the rehabilitation center correspond to the highest standards. It also concerns highly qualified physicians of the ho
Diagnostic tests for spinal cord lipoma
1989
Microsurgical removal of spinal cord lipoma
25868

University Hospital Freiburg

9.7/10
location_onGermany, Freibung

Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery

The University Hospital Freiburg is famous for its rich history and is one of the oldest and most prestigious medical facilities in Germany (one of the three best medical institutions in the country). The hospital was based on the Faculty of Medicine of the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, which celebrated its 550th anniver
Diagnostic tests for spinal cord lipoma
1964
Microsurgical removal of spinal cord lipoma
25775

University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

10/10
location_onGermany, Frankfurt am Main

Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery

According to the reputable Focus magazine, the University Hospital Frankfurt am Main ranks among the top German medical facilities! The hospital was founded in 1914 and today is a well-known German medical facility, which combines rich traditions and scientific innovations. A medical team of more than 6,500 employees cares about
Diagnostic tests for spinal cord lipoma
1801
Microsurgical removal of spinal cord lipoma
22641

University Hospital Erlangen

9.1/10
location_onGermany, Erlangen

Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery, Spinal Surgery

According to the Focus magazine, University Hospital Erlangen ranks among the best medical facilities in Germany! The hospital is one of the leading healthcare facilities in Bavaria and offers top-class medical care distinguished by the close intertwining of clinical activities with research and training of medical students. The
Diagnostic tests for spinal cord lipoma
1891
Microsurgical removal of spinal cord lipoma
24035

University Hospital Ulm

8.7/10
location_onGermany, Ulm

Department of Neurosurgery

The University Hospital Ulm started its activities 35 years ago and during this time it has become one of the most prestigious medical institutions in Europe. The hospital is famous for its numerous discoveries and the world-class achievements in medicine and pharmaceuticals. The medical facility has 29 specialized departments a
Diagnostic tests for spinal cord lipoma
1830
Microsurgical removal of spinal cord lipoma
24325

University Hospital Würzburg

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Würzburg

Department of Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics

According to the Focus magazine in 2019, the University Hospital Würzburg ranks among the top national German hospitals! The hospital is one of the oldest medical facilities in Germany. The centuries-old traditions of first-class treatment are combined with the very latest achievements of modern evidence-based medicine and
Diagnostic tests for spinal cord lipoma
1814
Microsurgical removal of spinal cord lipoma
23022

University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden

9.1/10
location_onGermany, Dresden

Department for Adult and Pediatric Orthopedics, Trauma Surgery

According to the prestigious Focus magazine, the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden is among the top three hospitals in Germany! The hospital is the embodiment of the standards of modern high-quality medicine. Since the hospital positions itself as a maximum care medical facility, it represents all medical fields. The
Diagnostic tests for spinal cord lipoma
2285
Microsurgical removal of spinal cord lipoma
29995

University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Hamburg

Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf ranks among the top ten hospitals in Germany! Since its foundation in 1889, the hospital has taken a leading position in the European medical arena and still occupies it until today. A highly competent medical team of more than 11,000 employees takes care
Diagnostic tests for spinal cord lipoma
2137
Diagnostic tests for spinal cord lipoma
2201
Microsurgical removal of spinal cord lipoma
29995

University Hospital Muenster

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Muenster

Department of General Orthopedics and Orthopedic Oncology

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital Muenster ranks among the top German hospitals! The hospital belongs to the most prestigious medical institutions in Germany. The hospital is distinguished by a high professionalism of its doctors, state-of-the-art technological equipment and the availability of the most ad
Diagnostic tests for spinal cord lipoma
1884
Microsurgical removal of spinal cord lipoma
25811

University Hospital Jena

8.9/10
location_onGermany, Jena

Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery

According to the prestigious Focus magazine, the University Hospital Jena regularly ranks among the top German medical facilities! The hospital has positioned itself as a multidisciplinary medical facility with a long history of more than 200 years. Since its foundation, the hospital has been constantly developing and modernizin
Diagnostic tests for spinal cord lipoma
1870
Microsurgical removal of spinal cord lipoma
25633

University Hospital Marburg UKGM

8.6/10
location_onGermany, Marburg

Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery

The University Hospital Marburg UKGM offers patients modern diagnostics and comprehensive therapy at the international level. As a maximum care hospital, the medical facility specializes in all fields of modern medicine ranging from ophthalmology to traumatology and dentistry. The main areas of specialization of the hospital are
Diagnostic tests for spinal cord lipoma
1723
Microsurgical removal of spinal cord lipoma
21384

University Hospital Halle (Saale)

9.6/10
location_onGermany, Halle

Department of Orthopedics, Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery

According to the prestigious Focus magazine, the University Hospital Halle (Saale) ranks among the top German medical facilities! The history of the hospital has more than 300 years, and during this time it managed to earn an excellent reputation not only in Germany, but throughout the world. The hospital positions itself as a s
Diagnostic tests for spinal cord lipoma
1822
Microsurgical removal of spinal cord lipoma
22537

University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Munich

Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery

According to the prestigious FOCUS magazine, the University Hospital Rechts der Isar Munich ranks among the Germany's top medical institutions! Founded in 1834, the hospital combines long traditions and the very latest achievements of modern medicine. The medical facility includes 33 specialized departments, 20 interdiscipli
Diagnostic tests for spinal cord lipoma
1975
Microsurgical removal of spinal cord lipoma
25338
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A lipoma is a rare tumor of the spinal cord. It is mainly diagnosed in children, as it is a congenital defect. The lipoma does not always manifest symptoms and requires treatment. But sometimes it causes severe neurological symptoms, and in such cases, surgical removal of the tumor is required. You can undergo the treatment of the disease abroad. In the best hospitals in the world, minimally traumatic, safe spinal cord surgeries are performed.

Content

  1. What is a spinal cord lipoma?
  2. Diagnostics
  3. Treatment
  4. Why it is worth undergoing treatment abroad

What is a spinal cord lipoma? 

 

A lipoma (a fatty lump) is a benign tumor from adipose tissue. It usually develops in the subcutaneous fatty tissue of various parts of the body. 

Much less often, these neoplasms occur in the central nervous system. They account for 0.5% of brain tumors, and they are even less common in the spinal cord.

These are congenital formations. They develop due to dystopia (displacement) of embryonal fat cells into the neural tube of the fetus. In other words, they are the result of impaired embryogenesis.

In most cases, tumors are located in the lumbar region. The lipoma is often combined with congenital defects in the structure of the spinal column. The diameter of the tumor is usually small, but sometimes it reaches 3-5 cm.

Topographically (by localization), the following types of lipomas are distinguished: 

  • Intradural extramedullary (outside the spinal cord). 
  • Intramedullary lipomas (in the tissue of the spinal cord). 
  • Filum terminale lipomas. 

A rare form of the disease is epidural lipomatosis. With this form of pathology, a large amount of adipose tissue is formed under the dura mater. It compresses the spinal cord, causing compressive myelopathy or compression of the cauda equina roots (end segment of the spinal cord).

Diagnostics 

 

A spinal cord lipoma, unlike a similar tumor in the brain, usually causes symptoms. Most children with this neoplasm develop scoliosis – a lateral curvature of the spinal column. Radicular symptoms are often detected:

  • Pain. 
  • Decreased sensitivity in the areas of innervation of the involved spinal nerve.
  • Leg weakness. 
  • Urinary incontinence and other signs of pelvic dysfunction. 

The tumor itself can be detected using MRI or CT scanning. It is identified by its density: it is the same as that of adipose tissue.

Treatment 

 

The treatment is not always required. Sometimes the lipoma is minimal in size, only a few millimeters, and does not cause any symptoms or complications. In this case, only medical supervision of the child is required.

Indications for treatment: 

  • Compression of the spinal cord and nerve roots, the onset of symptoms.
  • Compression of blood vessels.
  • Impaired cerebrospinal fluid outflow. 
  • Fixed spinal cord syndrome. 

The treatment is technically difficult, since the lipoma is fused with the brain matter, nerve roots and blood vessels. When trying to separate it, doctors can inflict a significant injury and there is a risk of developing an irreversible neurological deficit.

The main methods of lipoma removal are as follows: 

  • Classical microsurgical operation on the spinal cord with tumor resection. The doctor removes the vertebral arch (laminectomy), after which he removes the formation with microscissors.
  • Ultrasonic destruction and aspiration of adipose tissue. The doctor uses ultrasound to liquidize the lipoma. The medical specialist then sucks this liquid through a thin tube. The advantage of the method is that it is minimally invasive. However, there is a drawback: only adipose tissue is removed, and the fibrous frame of the tumor remains. It can be additionally removed with microscissors.
  • Laser removal of the lipoma. Minimally invasive tumor evaporation procedure. The doctors usually manage to remove only part of the neoplasm.
  • Traction bicoagulation dissection – the doctors dissect the tumor with a bipolar coagulator under tension.

In each case, the attending physician individually decides whether it is worth removing the whole tumor or only its part. A total removal can lead to a severe neurological deficit: impaired bladder function, impaired sensitivity or mobility of the lower extremities.

Why it is worth undergoing treatment abroad

 

The specialists abroad use the very latest technologies, which allow to remove the tumor safely, as completely as possible. The high-precision diagnostic examinations help to avoid the development of the neurological deficit.

When the tumor is removed, intraoperative neurophysiological studies are performed. The surgeons also use neuronavigation. The doctors apply ultrasound, CT or MRI scanning to imagine the tumor during the surgical procedure.

Here are some of the benefits of treatment abroad: 

  • There is no overtreatment: small "clinically silent" lipomas are not removed, because the operation may cause complications.
  • It is possible to reduce the size of the lipoma using minimally invasive procedures such as ultrasound destruction and aspiration.
  • Microsurgical interventions with minimal damage to the tissues surrounding the tumor are performed.
  • Modern methods for bleeding control are used, which seal the vessels and minimize blood loss.
  • Intraoperative diagnostics reduces the risk of severe neurological deficit to zero, since the doctor does not damage the functionally important tissues of the spinal cord. 
  • It is possible to conduct simultaneous treatment of lipoma and malformations, which are often found in children with this disease.

To undergo spinal cord lipoma treatment abroad, please use the services of Booking Health. We will help you find the most suitable clinics for the treatment of lipoma abroad and take care of the organization of your trip. On the Booking Health website, you can compare prices for surgical resection of lipoma and book a medical care program at a favorable price. The cost of treatment for you will be lower due to the lack of additional coefficients for foreign patients.

Authors: Dr. Vadim ZhiliukDr. Sergey Pashchenko




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