Getting a Spinal Tumor Patient Back on the Road
Melissa Bingham, of Blue Bell, often travels for her job. “I am director of operations for a company that provides business consultation for veterinary practices,” she says. “I visit practices in a number of states.”
Earlier this year, she developed numbness in her legs and abdomen and was referred to a neurologist. “Vidhu B. Gupta, MD sent me for an emergency MRI. It turned out that I had a tumor pressing on my spinal cord.” Meningiomas, the type of tumor on Melissa’s spine, occur in the membranes surrounding the spinal cord. They are usually benign but could be malignant.
“I was sent to the Emergency Trauma Center. The physician there said he was surprised to see me walking, based on the size and position of the tumor. At that point, it was the middle of the night and I was very scared. A physician assistant from Neurosurgical Associates of Abington came in to explain the results and reassured me about what would happen next.“
Surgery was scheduled quickly with Douglas W. Laske, MD, chief, Neurosurgery Division, Abington Memorial Hospital, an expert on spinal tumors. Dr. Laske removed the tumor and fortunately it was benign. According to Dr. Laske, “Melissa’s lower extremity sensation and gait improved after the surgery.”
“At every step of the way, from the neurologist’s office to the ETC to my operation and inpatient stay, I was treated with compassion and empathy,” says Melissa. “I always felt I had chosen the right place for my care.”