I guess I have moved over to the pre-surgery side of spine-health. I have a herniation at t1/t2 pressing on the t1 nerve root. After 7 months of PT, injections and meds the surgeon says its time for surgery to get rid of pain.
He is proposing to go in from the back (posterior) and remove the disc. He says that this area is very stable because it connects to the rib cage so fusing isnt necessary. He says the surgery is about 1 1/2 hours with one night stay in hospital. Then a few weeks at home and back to work. He says the pain will be gone immediately but I will be sore because he has to move muscles to get to the disc.
My questions go on forever. I know this is a rare injury so I know there won't be many who have had similar surgeries. I am wondering just how painful it is when they go through the back. It didn't seem like he needed to touch the ribs which is good. I am wondering just how rough the recovery weeks are - stay in bed for weeks or a few days. And what kind of success rate is there and future problems.
The surgeon made it seem very simple with very little chance for complications. Of course I wonder how many back surgeries he has had?? lol
Thanks for any info you can share.