Surgical Tumor Removal

When you need surgery to remove a brain or spinal tumor, it’s natural to be anxious or fearful. At Providence, you are never alone. Our world-class neurosurgeons provide life-saving surgery and compassionate care – from your first appointment through treatment, recovery and beyond.

Why Choose Us for Your Surgical Tumor Removal?

As our patient, you have access to leading-edge treatment from neuroscience specialists with a global reputation for excellence. The volume of brain and spine surgeries they perform each year gives them the skills and knowledge for the best outcomes.

As our patient, you’re at the center of a multidisciplinary team of specialists dedicated to your care. They work closely with you and your loved ones to decide on the best surgical option for you. Your team includes fellowship-trained, board-certified neurosurgeons or interventional neuroradiologists who have deep expertise in surgical techniques that require great skill and precision. If you need radiation or chemotherapy in addition to surgery, your team also may include radiation oncologists and medical oncologists.

Your doctors not only help you prepare for surgery, but also coordinate your care, from your first appointment through your recovery. After surgery, you’re in the expert care of a neurohospitalist, a doctor who specializes in treating neurological patients in the ICU. And as you begin rehabilitation, you may work with physical therapists, cognitive therapists, rehabilitation nurses and other specialists to help you recover as quickly and as fully as possible.

With our expertise and advanced technology, we offer options and hope to patients with brain and spine tumors. Our neurosurgeons perform complex procedures aided by ultrasound, intra-operative scanning, surgical navigation, brain activity monitors and other advanced technology. This combination of skill and technology leads to the best outcomes. As our patient, you may also be able to participate in clinical trials exploring potential new surgical procedures.

As a Providence patient, you benefit from one of the largest networks of neurology clinicians in the country. Our facilities include dedicated brain tumor centers with nationally recognized neurosurgeons and neuro-oncologists. Our collaborative system also gives you access to the expertise of award-winning physicians, scientists and researchers across 51 hospitals in seven states. This network is one of the reasons more than 1,000 patients choose us for their brain tumor surgery every year.

Our Commitment to Care

“Our goal is to always provide the most direct and least invasive approach for tumor removal while avoiding or minimizing disruption to the brain and surrounding structures. We work with a multidisciplinary team of specialists, including radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and endocrinologists, to offer truly comprehensive care to our patients with unique and complex diseases.”

Garni Barkhoudarian, M.D. - Neurosurgeon

About Surgical Tumor Removal

A tumor is an abnormal growth of cells that may be benign, or cancerous and life-threatening. We offer every type of neurosurgery to remove tumors, including open surgery and minimally invasive procedures such as neuroendoscopy.


Tumors can put pressure on your brain or spinal cord, causing symptoms like memory loss, blurred vision and trouble moving your arms and legs. Removing a tumor can ease symptoms and help prevent the disease from spreading to other parts of the body.

Conditions Treated with Surgical Tumor Removal

Our neurosurgeons have the deep experience needed to remove the most complex brain and spine tumors, including:

  • Acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma)
  • Astrocytic tumor
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Chordoma
  • Colloid cyst
  • Complex skull-base tumor
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Esthesioneuroblastoma
  • Glioblastoma
  • Glioma
  • Lymphoma
  • Meningioma
  • Metastatic brain tumor
  • Metastatic germ cell tumor
  • Neuroepithelial tumor
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Pituitary tumors and related conditions
    • Acromegaly
    • Cushing’s disease
    • Pituitary adenoma
    • Prolactinoma
  • Rathke’s cleft cyst
  • Sellar tumor
  • Sinonasal carcinoma
  • Spinal tumor

Types of Surgical Tumor Removal We Offer

Depending on the type of brain or spine tumor you have and where it’s located, your neurosurgeon may suggest one of the following procedures:

  • Endoscopic surgery
  • Keyhole surgery
  • Open craniotomy

In addition to surgery, your treatment plan may include radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy.

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