Devascularizing spinal metastases

By Maureen Leahy

Preoperative embolization minimizes blood loss, improves visualization

As cancer patients live longer, the incidence of spinal metastases is likely to increase. These lesions can be painful and are often hypervascular, making surgical treatment to control the pain or preserve function a challenge. Preoperative embolization has been effective in devascularizing spinal metastases and reducing bleeding complications during surgery by improving visualization.

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