Benign Tumor in Spine

Although benign tumors usually grow slowly and are not very dangerous for human health, they can cause a lot of problems and discomfort. The only effective way to get rid of benign tumor in spine is a surgery. Educate on what is benign tumor in spine, and how specialists of Bonifatius hospital deal with it.

What is benign tumor in spine?

A spinal tumor is a lump that starts growing in the spine canal, or bones of the spine. In comparison with cancerous tumor, it is less aggressive and often – slowly developing. Benign tumor on spine does not have serious influence on health, however, it can become cancerous some time later. Besides, a growing tumor can start compressing nerves and bones, inhibit spine functioning and cause curvature of back.


In the beginning, a person can have different symptoms. These may be pain and sensory alteration (numbness), problems with movements, muscle weakness and spasticity. Depending on the tumor location, some other body parts can be affected. Besides, some symptoms typical of cancerous tumors like change of bladder or bowel habit, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, can also appear.


Prior to starting treatment, a doctor will perform some neurological tests. For instance, a patient will have to go through an MRI, X-ray, blood analysis, etc. It will show the spinal cord in the smallest details. Bonifatius hospital is equipped with state-of-art devices for precise and safe analysis and diagnosis.

Treatment options

In vast majority of cases, tumor should be removed, and such operations are done by neurosurgeon. If the entire tumor cannot be removed, the growth of the residual tissue is monitored by MRI scans. Sometimes surgery cannot be performed, because it may damage nervous system and appear to be dangerous.


Bonifatius hospital performs two main types of surgery on benign tumor in spine: open and minimally invasive. The first requires making one big incision in spine to reach the tumor and remove it. It causes much bleeding and poses more risks. Minimally invasive approach is preferable today: it involves making several small incisions to operate with instruments and observe the inside of the spine. As a rule, a small camera is used to transmit the image on the screen. Sometimes, a surgeon can use a microscope, especially if surgery on nerves is required.

The process is the following:

  • Patient is administered general anesthesia to exclude pain and movements during operation. A person is laid on the abdomen or side depending on tumor location.
  • The surgeon makes an incision on spine or belly to access the tumor.
  • Tumor is removed partially or fully.
  • Tissues are sutured.
  • If necessary, spine can be fixed with metal or plastic hardware.

Recovery depends on the complexity of tumor and type of operation used. Open surgery can require up to a year of recovery, while minimally invasive surgery ensures recovery in 4-6 weeks.


Like any surgery, tumor removal can cause some negative outcomes. Surgeons of Bonifatius hospital are skilled and experienced enough to perform operations with minimal risks. Possible side effects include:

  • severe bleeding;
  • infection and problems with wound healing;
  • growth of residual tumor parts;
  • allergic reactions to anesthesia.

To avoid side effects and complications, it’s important to follow doctor’s recommendations and take medications, if required. Recovery process depends on the patient and how he cares about health after surgery.

Why choosing Bonifatius Hospital?

Thousands of patients from all over the world come to our medical center to go through spine tumor removal and many other sophisticated procedures. Why Bonifatius hospital is considered to be a leading medical center in Germany?

Our team

Tens of experienced doctors work in our clinic with D-r Gerard Kolb in head. We keep improving our knowledge and skills to ensure the most effective treatment possible. Our doctors introduce innovative techniques and methods in their practice and manage to help patients even with the most complicated tumors and disease. Thanks to multi-disciplinary approach, we make personal treatment plans taking into consideration patients’ health condition and many other details.

Our advantages

Bonifatius hospital not only features modern facilities and equipment, we also provide comfortable wards and decent catering. Our patients get 24/7 medical assistance, and can call for a nurse whenever they need. Besides, there are entertainment facilities provided for all clients.

Bonifatius hospital is located in Lingen, Germany. You will like peaceful atmosphere of this town and democratic prices for accommodation and our services. Call us or write emails, and we will arrange your treatment and trip!