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Thoracic Surgery Options

Hello board --

While awaiting my lumbar fusion (L5-S1) which was postponed last week -- I have developed severe pain in my thoracic region.

I just got the MRI back - "T7-T8 central disc extrusion which contours and deforms the ventural cord. 4mm AP by 6mm Transverse by 7mm Craniocaudal."

My surgeon still wants to do the lumbar fusion first, but said that was a 'severe bulge' and just said that "thoracic surgery can be very risky...." and left it at that until we do the fusion.

2 questions -- does anyone have any frame of reference on how bad that damage is at T7-T8? I'm pretty much an expert on lumbar but new to thoracic pain, and the pain is excruciating.

2nd -- has anyone had successful thoracic surgery to fix a blown disc?



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