Stamford Hospital, the flagship hospital of Stamford Health, and Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) have entered into a collaborative agreement to create the premier center for specialty orthopedic care in New England.
HSS has been nationally ranked #1 for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report for the past eight consecutive years, and is the world's leading academic medical center focused solely on musculoskeletal health.
We offer more knowledge. Over the years, we’ve gained experience in the treatment of a vast array of disorders. This list isn’t meant to be exhaustive, but gives you a good indication of the most common disorders that we care for.
We offer more insight to any condition, even the rare ones.
Spinal tumors are rare and usually begin in other parts of the body, spreading through the bloodstream to the spinal cord. Spinal tumors can either be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Because both types of tumors can cause spinal cord compression as well as the nerves that carry messages to and from the brain, they are a serious health risk and must be promptly diagnosed and treated.
Symptoms of tumors are diverse and affect different parts of the body, depending upon the location of the tumor. They may include pain or numbness in the arms, neck, legs, or back; loss of muscle strength, motor skills, or feeling in the extremities; decreased skin sensitivity to temperature changes; and loss of bladder and/or bowel control. Treatment options may involve spinal tumor surgery to reduce the size of the lesion, plus radiation and/or chemotherapy.
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