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KimD592KKimD592 Posts: 435
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Has anyone had this for thoracic disc herniations? This is the surgery my doctor will be performing, pending my second opinion at UPenn. Just curious about what to expect. I've developed myelopathy in my legs and feet and have been unresponsive to conservative treatment.


  • Kim,

    "Excision of a portion of a rib and the articulating transverse process." Sounds a bit painful, but beats a Thoracotomy! Many times going into the thoracic, they have to deflate a lung, move it over, and chance issues with the heart. This going via costotransversectomy, sounds less invasive.

    Sorry, once I saw issues in my T8/9/10 I hit the net. I'm non-operable now (yes!!!) but still looked just in case. I think that method might be less stressful for your body too! Again, *I* am just going on my own research.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Hey Kim,

    Just wanted to know if the doctors told you surgery for myelopathy is done to stop the symptoms from progressing and not to alleviate them. Once myelopathy is present it doesn't reverse the damage that has been done, but rather stops the progression. Something you might want to discuss with your doctors.
  • Kim, I've read several of your threads but haven't replied, dealing with a lot of my own health issues right now. I wanted to say my heart & prayers go out to you.

    I am extremely glad to see you postponed surgery date and getting that 2nd opinion.

    There are some newer less invasive T Spine surgeries available very limited to cases & experienced, skillful surgeons. Be sure to get all your options laid out for you. I am not saying you would be a candidate for one of these procedures, but due to the nature of this type of surgery it is well worth exploration. Of course there are not many surgeons performing these but I know of a hospital in NYC that does, hospital is always ranked top 5 in nation. I have reached out to the director of the spine center and he is reviewing my case long distance (native New Yorker, living in Florida).

    PM me if you want info, I don't believe I can give names or places on the forum.

    Hope you feel a little better today.

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