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Thoracic Spondylosis with Myelopathy

I have been diagnosed with Thoracic Spondylosis with Myelopathy and my Neurosurgeon is recommending surgery which will consist of decompressing my discs and then placing screws in T4 through T10. He said my condition is rare, and I tend to believe him because I can't find anything about it on the Internet. Is anyone familiar with this or have any of you had complex Thoracic back surgery? I want more information before I decide to move forward....Thanks!
Barclay P
Facing Thoracic Back Surgery


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 09/19/2014 - 7:48 PM
    I hope these links help there isn't a lot of information as you say, but maybe you will get some responses that will tell you more.





    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Thank you Liz. It has been a rough 18 months since my last post. After 2 failed posterior thoracic back surgeries and multiple compression fractures, I am scheduled for a 2-day surgery at a new facility with a new group of surgeons. I am so scared! I have lost 5 inches in height and am no longer able to work.  

    Today I am just looking for info or feedback from anyone who has had a thoracotomy to alllow access to the underside of the spine. I was hoping to describe my upcoming surgeries and see if anyone has experienced the same or similar situation.

    My next, and hopefully final, surgeries are scheduled for March 28 and 30. I am currently fused from T4-12 with compression fx at T9-10 and failing hardware at T11-12. The hardware has backed out so badly I have large lumps in my back where it is digging into muscles. 

    On day 1 the doc will re-open my back, examine how much bone fusion has actually occured and then remove all the old hardware. New screws will be inserted then he will sew me up and send me to ICU. The next day nothing happens; just rest in ICU. Day 2 in the OR the thoracic surgeon will open the left side of my chest, remove 1 rib and retract the lung and aorta to allow access to the spine. Spine doc will correct issues in that area. Unless they have to go farther down, that is the end of that procedure. Thoracic surgeon will glue me up and he is done. Spine doc will then roll me onto my stomach, re-open back again, reinsert all necessary hardware and materials, extend fusion to L2 or 3 and then he is done. I return to ICU until such time as my chest tube can be removed. I will be in the hospital for about another week after that. Will depend on how well I do. He won't let me go until i can get up and get to the restroom on my own.

    I know thats alot....anyone have any words of wisdom to share?

    Scared but Faithful Barclay
    Barclay P
    Facing Thoracic Back Surgery
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