Combining Radiosurgery with Open Surgery in the Setting of Spinal Cord Compression


  • Discuss the rationale for surgical versus non-surgical management of spinal metastases.
  • Define the indications, contraindications, and expedited benefits of spinal stereotactic radiosurgery.
  • Illustrate an overall strategy and a comprehensive approach to spinal stereotactic radiosurgery.

Jason Weaver, MD, FAANS
Semme-Murphy Clinic
Memphis, Tennessee

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