Tumor Resection

Tumor resection is a procedure to remove a tumor and the surrounding material. Removing a tumor can help to stop the growth of the tumor and limit additional tissue from being impacted. The doctor may advise having more than one surgery depending on the location of the tumor and how easily it and the surrounding tissue can be accessed.

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Why It’s Done


Tumor Resection surgeries focus on removing the tumor and surrounding tissue to limit the spread of the tumor. Depending on the location of the tumor, the doctor may need to remove additional healthy tissue around the tumor. At times, tumors might need multiple procedures to be fully eradicated, which is where tumor resection comes in and can focus on excising the tumor to stop its growth and spread.

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There are some associated risks with a tumor surgery which can include:

Damage to the area round the tumor

  • Drainage
  • Infection
  • Bleeding

What To Expect?

During Tumor Resection Surgery


  1.  The surgeon will locate the area in question and make a small incision where the tumor is.
  2.  Additional incisions might be made which allow for a camera to be inserted into the afflicted area.
  3. The doctor will work to remove the tumor and any surrounding tissue that may be impacted.
  4. Additional tools may be used during the procedure to drain fluid in the area.
  5. When the procedure is complete, the doctor will close the incisions with staples or stitches.

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After Tumor Resection Surgery


  1. You might be asked to stay in the hospital for a few days while recovering from your procedure.
  2. You may undergo physical therapy to strengthen the resection area.
  3. Additional rehabilitation may be needed depending on your specific situation.

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Christopher P Demers neurosurgeon

Christopher Demers

Dante F. Vacca, MD, FAANS

Dante F. Vacca

Jay K. Morgan, MD, FAANS

Jay K. Morgan

Marshall Tolbert, MD, PhD, FAANS

Marshall Tolbert

Michael Moore neurosurgeon

Michael Moore


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Neurosurgery?
Most people think of neurosurgeons as brain surgeons, and this is true! However, neurosurgeons are more broadly defined as highly trained medical specialists who diagnose and treat disorders of the entire nervous system – including our brain, spinal cord, skull and the spine (bony vertebral column). Of course, they operate on the brain, but they actually spend more of their time helping patients with spine and peripheral nerve disorders.
Do I need surgery if I am being referred to a neurosurgeon?

Not necessarily. Your referring physician most likely believes that you have a disease or disorder which would benefit from diagnoses, testing and treatment by a neurosurgeon. The decision whether or not to recommend surgery is a complex one, best handled by your neurosurgeon and his/her team.

What is the difference between an orthopedic surgeon and a neurosurgeon?

Each of these surgical specialists has their own areas of expertise however, their skill and expertise overlap in the area of spinal surgery. Both specialties require 5-7 years of residency training, followed in some cases by additional time in fellowship training. Neurosurgeons perform spinal operations dealing with the cervical discs, nerves, and the bony spine, while orthopedic surgeons handle surgeries limited to the bony spine, such as spinal fusion.

How do I make an appointment with Sierra Neurosurgery Group?

Call us today at (775) 323-2080 or toll free (888) 323-2080.  We have 5 locations to serve you: Carson City, Elko, Fallon, Reno and Sparks.  If your health insurance plan requires a referral, contact your primary care or emergency room physician and request a referral to Sierra Neurosurgery Group.

What is the difference between a neurologist and a neurosurgeon?

A neurologist and a neurosurgeon are similar to a cardiologist and a cardiac surgeon: the neurosurgeon can offer a surgical solution to neurologic disorders, while the neurologist identifies neurological disorders through diagnostic testing and uses non-surgical treatment options.

Do you offer X-rays and MRI’s?
Sierra Neurosurgery offers comprehensive imaging services at our Reno office on Kietzke Lane, including X-Ray services and MRI scans with & without contrast.  This provides a quick, easy and no-hassle way to complete necessary imaging as part of your treatment plan.

What to Expect From Your Visit

Sierra Neurosurgery Group is focused on providing the highest quality surgeries with the best possible patient care. We focus on creating a unique experience for each of our patients to show them we understand their current situation and to do our best to help them get back to living the life they want. We provide the best care to our patients because we have assembled a team of professionals with extensive surgical experience consisting of neurosurgeons, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and interventional pain specialists. Our personnel, focus on patients, and quality of care allows Sierra Neurosurgery Group to be highly effective in creating the best results and outcomes for our patients.