Spinal disease

Spinal diseases treated by NIISwa include:

Vascular malformations

  • More broadly covered in the “Vascular malformation” section, these lesions may also occur in the spine and spinal cord. They can present very differently to vascular malformations in the brain, however the treatment options are usually similar, consisting of endovascular operations, open operations or external radiation. The choice of modality depends on the differences in each patient's vascular malformation as well as patient choice.

    For more information, discuss these with your doctor, who can refer you to a NIISwa Neurointerventionalist for consultation. Such cases would be presented in a multidisciplinary forum where all potential treatment modalities would be considered.

  • Percutaneous spinal interventions
  • NIISwa offers a comprehensive spinal intervention service, including Vertebroplasty (minimally invasive augmentation of vertebral bodies affected by disease processes, performed under sedation), advanced imaging guided minimally invasive interventions for pain (facet joint injection, epidural injection, nerve root sleeve injection and other ancillary injections), and diagnostic and therapeutic interventions (myelography, lumbar puncture (including for chemotherapy), lumbar drain).

    For more information, discuss these with your doctor, who can refer you to NIISwa if appropriate.