Another Surgical First: Spinal Tumor Removal Restores Patient’s Mobility

Spinal Tumor Removal

A first-of-its-kind surgery at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has restored a patient's ability to walk.

Dr. Rajesh Bindal, neurosurgeon on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, performed the surgery on a patient who was suffering from a benign tumor on her spinal cord that cause paralysis in her legs.

The delicate, three-hour surgery was the first spinal tumor removal ever performed in Fort Bend County, another in a line of "medical firsts" for Dr. Bindal and Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. He used specially designed micro-surgical equipment to remove the large tumor that was growing from the dura mater, the membrane that forms the outer layer of the spinal cord and nerve roots.

"The tumor had grown large enough to press on the spinal cord itself, which was causing the paralysis," Dr. Bindal said. "Of course, the surgery of this king must be very precise. We are fortunate here at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital to have the necessary technology and the skilled nursing staff to undertake these types of procedures."

The patient was referred to Dr. Bindal by neurologist Dr. Todd Lynn, who made the original diagnosis. "Dr. Lynn was instrumental in the treatment of the patient," says Dr. Bindal.

Following her surgery, the patient recovered quickly and was able to begin rehabilitation within days.

After three months of physical therapy, she was walking on her own. "It's amazing to see the patient go from being paralyzed to walking in a few short months," says Dr. Bindal.

Dr. Bindal also performed Fort Bend's first brain surgery last year at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and earlier this year he performed emergency neurosurgery on a new mom who had just given birth to a baby girl. Dr. Bindal's expertise allowed the new mom and baby to stay together here at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. At other local hospitals, the pair would have been separated because the mother would have been transferred to the Medical Center.

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