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Has anyone had surgery on there Thorcic spine? I have several issues in my T7 T8. I have had 3 mri's that show these. I have had epidural injections, and many other injections that I don't even remember because this is been going on for 5 years. I am currently taking hydrocodone 10/325 4 times a day. I have been up to taking Opana but they took me off all pain meds for a month so I could start back on the hydro's. Do they go through the chest to operate on bulging discs in the T spine?


  • paulayonoppaulayono Posts: 57
    edited 11/29/2012 - 5:17 AM
    Hi Allie2013

    I had a microdisectomy on T6-T7 on Nov. 6th so I'm just 3 weeks post op. mine was done through the side accessing the disc from the front. My incision is 2 3/4 inches long and I have a tiny scar where the chest tube was. The surgery took 3 hours. They had to collapse my lung to access the disc. My disc was a large central herniation putting moderate pressure on my spinal cord. I didn't wait on this due to the concern of it getting worse. The recovery has not been easy but it's tolerable. I was prepared for a long recovery. Hope this helps. There are others that have had this surgery on here and as rare as everyone says it is more and more keep popping up with issues in the t-spine.

    Best wishes,
  • Mine are disc bulges along with a narrowing of the spinal cord. I have had every injection there is and none of helped.. I had always heard they had to open your chest but I guess if they could do it from the side that wouldn't be so scary.
    It took quite awhile for the doctors to believe that my T spine could possibly hurt. Having an operation is looking more and more likely. Keep me posted on your progress.

  • Hi Allie, I had a microdiscectomy on T7-8 in Feb. of this year. They went in through my back. It started as chest pain and had complete cardiac workup which was all normal but after heart cath I started experiencing horrible back pain and had x-rays, MRI, CT-scan and then surgery. I did try several spidural injections which did not work. I hope you find the answers and please keep in touch with me.

  • Hi Allie

    From what I understand bulges usually heal. Are you experiencing any weakness in your legs, off balance, or bladder dysfunction? Those are signs of spinal cord dysfunction and usually when they want to consider surgery. I wouldn't do unless there was risk to the cord and symptoms of it. It is a painful surgery and long recovery but also I would never risk my legs and not do the surgery, just have to make sure you know it is necessary and have a good qualified surgeon. My disc was not calcified which probably made the surgery a bit easier than when it is. I read when the herniation is large they tend to like to go in from the side and access from the front of the disc. My surgeon was considering going in from the back but ultimately went with this approach to make sure he could get the whole disc out.

    Wishing You the best
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