I am scheduled for a thoracotomy on 10/16 for a T7-T8 disc herniation. According to the surgeon I have an extremely large disc that is causing spinal chord distortion and stenosis and more recently spinal chord swelling. My symptoms are progressively getting worse and I realize I am within my window of opportunity.
I am anxious about what to expect post operatively. I have had multiple abdominal surgeries in the past, but I am concerned because they have stated that there is a possibility that the neurological symptoms could get worse before they are better.
Can anyone out post Thoracotomy give me a sense of your experience during your recovery phase.