Spinal tumors

Preventing weakness and paralysis, improving severe back pain

Norton Leatherman Spine is respected around the world and the region as a leading center for treatment of primary and metastatic spine tumors. Spine tumors can cause nerve and spinal cord compression that leads to arm or leg pain, loss of bowel or bladder control, or paralysis.

The specialists at Norton Leatherman Spine have the ability to simultaneously stabilize the spine and restore alignment of the vertebra caused by a spinal tumor.

Norton Leatherman Spine has assembled an experienced team of experts who treat cancer of the spine. Our experienced multidisciplinary team includes medical specialists in the following fields:

  • Neurosurgery
  • Internal medicine
  • Oncology
  • Vascular surgery
  • Radiation oncology

Our multidisciplinary team offers patients the most advanced techniques to treat all types of cancers that affect the spine to maximize treatment outcomes. The specialists from Norton Leatherman Spine and Norton Cancer Institute are committed to providing the most advanced medical and surgical care for spine and spinal cord tumors. Early diagnosis and treatment offers the best chance to restore the maximum amount of normal function following the development of spine instability or neurological injury.

Our specialists will arrange for a scheduled or emergency transfer to Norton Hospital for rapid diagnosis and treatment of any spine tumor and to discuss treatment options, which could range from restorative spinal surgery to radiation, chemotherapy or a combination of these treatments.

Leaders in research

Research is a cornerstone of modern surgical spine tumor treatment techniques. Our surgeons are involved in tumor research, having participated in oral paper presentations and course presentations at national spinal meetings. They have important articles on the treatment of spine tumors in national peer-reviewed medical journals.

An international reputation for excellence

Norton Leatherman Spine surgeons have been leaders in spine tumor care for decades. We offer a wide array of up-to-date surgical techniques and instrumentation to restore normal anatomy and stability of the spine while preserve existing neurological function. We also have been leaders in the development of computer-assisted navigation that offers greater precision around critical structures of the spine when treating spinal tumors. We use robotic guidance and neuromonitoring techniques during surgery on the spinal cord and nerves.

Patients have access to a highly specialized ancillary team that includes general surgeons, oncologists, radiation specialists, vascular surgeons, internal medicine specialists, nurse practioneers, operating room nurses, scrub technicians and floor nurses who are experienced in caring for spine tumor patients.

Whether cared for at Norton Leatherman Spine, Norton Hospital or Norton Children’s Hospital, our patients benefit from a team of physicians who have treated thousands of adults and children with spinal tumors from around the region with highly specialized care.

We have the commitment and experience to give you a precise diagnosis and treat your spine tumor with some of the most advanced techniques so you can get back to living your life.

Making it easy to get back to your life

  • With six Norton Leatherman Spine locations in Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana, we have specialists near you.
  • We use minimally invasive procedures that can reduce recovery time and risk of complications.
  • Sophisticated pain management aims to keep you comfortable and safe.
  • Communicate with your provider, manage appointments, refill prescriptions and more anytime from a computer or mobile device with a free MyNortonChart account.

About Norton Leatherman Spine

Norton Leatherman Spine in Louisville and Southern Indiana offers world-class care from surgeons who are recognized nationally and internationally for their innovation, expertise and skill. Norton Leatherman Spine is one of the premier research and education programs in the United States for spinal surgeons.

Our rich history traces back to Kenton D. Leatherman, M.D., who more than 50 years ago became the first orthopedic surgeon in Kentucky to specialize in spine care. A University of Louisville School of Medicine graduate, he developed leading-edge approaches to treating scoliosis after World War II.

  • The board-certified and fellowship-trained specialists at Norton Leatherman Spine are among the most experienced in the country, treating conditions like yours for an average of 20 years.
  • We have orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons providing care from our offices in downtown Louisville and surrounding counties.
  • Our physicians pinpoint your diagnosis to come up with the right treatment plan, including surgical and nonsurgical options as appropriate.
  • We offer minimally invasive and robotic-assisted procedures that carry less risk and can speed your recovery. Norton Leatherman Spine surgeons are actively involved in the development of next generation minimally invasive technologies.
  • The physicians at Norton Leatherman are leaders in their field and train the next generation of specialists. Norton Leatherman Spine’s physicians trained more than 100 of the leading spine surgeons practicing throughout the U.S. today.
  • Techniques developed at Norton Leatherman Spine have produced better outcomes for patients with fewer side effects and are routinely performed around the world today.
  • Our team performs more than 4,000 surgeries a year, and patients come to our providers more than 30,000 times a year.
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