So, I just had a thoracic discectomy done completely posteriorly on 7/6. It was on T8-9-10 and has helped the right-sided pain I was having. However, since the surgery I have now developed worsening problems with T7-8. It was herniated before, but it has gotten larger and is now compressing the nerve root causing severe pain once again, this time on the left side.
When I was in the hospital, immediately after the surgery, they had done a CT scan which showed T7-8 had gotten worse. However, I was asymptomatic at that time, so he said he was going to leave it alone. My husband was there with me so he remembers the conversation as well. The doctor said that if it came down to surgery, he could attempt it posteriorly but chances are he's have to convert to an anterior approach.
Well, today I had my 7-week post-op appt with my NS, and we talked about the surgery again. At this point we're waiting another month to see if it resolves itself, and I'm going to try some other treatments in the meantime. However, we briefly talked about surgery on this disc, and he said he could do it posteriorly and basically re-open the other incision at the top and extend it a little bit. He made no mention of having to convert to the anterior approach. If it comes down to needing the surgery, then I'll obviously ask him about it, but I'm curious if anyone knows what the likelihood of them being able to operate posteriorly at this level is?