My MRI and CT myelo both showed several disc herniations throughout my t-spine, but T8-9 and T9-10 are the worst and are compressing my spinal cord. I am having surgery on June 8th to decompress. The surgeon made it sound pretty simple. I don't know the technical term for the type of surgery, but he said that they make two small incisions in my back, over the areas of the herniated discs, remove a small piece of bone covering the discs, and basically cut away at the discs to relieve the pressure on my spinal cord. It's done as a same-day surgery, and he said to expect to need help with the kids for at least two weeks. After that I'll be able to start PT.
I guess I was under the impression that surgery on the t-spine was more complicated because they had to go through the back, so I was reluctant to think about surgery because of that. But when he told me he could go through the back, I felt better about it. Is this because he is not doing a fusion, that he is able to operate posteriorly? What are the chances of it re-herniating after surgery? I'm afraid to have this surgery and then end up having to go back for more.
I'm only 29 and have three kids to take care of, so having surgery was truly not an easy decision.