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T-12 L-1 surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello people,
just looking to see if anyone has insight on T-12 L-1 Herniated Calcified Disc surgery. Suppose to be big hairy-scary. I'm having trouble finding a neurosurgeon with the expertise to do the op.

Thank-you to all who reply!



  • Are you in the U.S. and if so, what part of the country?
  • i need a surgery in this area, and ive just had a surgery to fuse L5 to S1, i wanted my surgeon to do the two together, as i didnt realise how big a job the L1 surgery would be.

    The problem is that at T12/L1 the spinal cord is present, so it isnt possible to go in through the back for fear of something going wrong.

    My surgeon isnt worried about doing the surgery at all, just wouldnt do it at the same time. He tells me that i have to have a rib removed for access as he has to go in through the side, and as i need a corpectomy (removal of vertebrae) together with 2 discs it is a more difficult surgery than my last one. We are hoping that i get enough releif with my fusion to hold off this surgery for a while.

    The spinal cord ends after L1 and from there down its only nerves, so the last surgery i had was in through the back.

    If my surgeon was afraid to do any surgery, i wouldnt trust him to do anything to be honest, mine is a neurosurgeon, if that makes any difference
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