I am having a second surgery to repair my T7-8 disc. The last surgery was a microsurgery which only removed a piece of the disc, but did not fix the spinal cord compression. They also put screws and rods on the back of the vertebras to lift up some on the disc. This second surgery will be to remove the old hardware, and then enter through the side, flatten out a lung, and go to behind the heart to remove the disc. There will be a long recovery time from this. I am looking forward to getting on the recovery side of this one.