I am sched to have thoracic discetomy at Penn hospital in Philadelphia on 7/7/10.I have 3 hern disc t4-5 t6-7 t7-8.Neurosurgeon I seen said he will go from back at an angle to get to disc.Years ago they did this from the front through chest with lung collapse & all that they no longer do t spine surg that way.
I have been suffering with this for 3 years since auto accident.I have been told everything from this should not be causing my pain-no surg until I cant walk or loose control of bowels to surg to risky do not let them do it.Finally neurosurgeon in Quakerton referred me to Philly.
Penn Hospitol in Philly neursurgeon feels he can help me with some of this pain.
I am sched for pre-op on Monday 6/14.I hope to get alot more answers then on surg & what to expect.
After 3 years of feeling like its all in my head..like I should not be in this much pain..I am really looking forward to some relief.
Pain management dr warned me its not going to be easy but if it could lessen some of the pain I am willing to take chance &go thru surg.
If anyone else had thoracic surg where they did from back...let me know how it went.