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thoracic spinal stenosis

Has anyone gone through surgery for their thoratic spinal stenosis?

Apparently it is so rare that it is hard to find the procedures for surgery. So if you got the surgery or consulted a surgeon let me know what they said.



  • Hi
    yes I had surgery on 27/10/2014. I have sent you more detail as a message but wanted to use your post to draw some more attention to this condition as no one else has responded yet and I havn't found a lot of examples here.
    I must say this is a truly wonderful site ,full of useful information which has helped immensely since I discovered it.

    The background to the choice of surgery,the first symptoms started about 2 years ago with random electric shocks down the right leg. Next came a combination of numbness and pain in the same leg, gradually spreading to foot .The burning pain became pretty bad so first visit to Dr and was told it was shingles without the rash. Waited for a couple of months but numbness was increasing. Back to Dr, who referred me to a nerve specialist who arranged a nerve conduction test first which was like the electric frogs leg experiment (this came out normal) and then an MRI which immediately highlighted the thoracic stenosis at T10, T11.
    So, next appointment with neurosurgeon to discuss possibilities,this was now April 2014. By then I was pretty bad with groin pain and numbness starting in the other leg. I was still hoping at that time that it would all just go away but the member of the team that saw me said they recommended surgery and that there was no real alternative as the stenosis was very bad.If I had been incontinent then it would have been an emergency op.

    Pain now pretty intolerable in legs and groin so prescribed Amytryptaline whereas paracetamol had been my drug of choice till then.
    At that appointment I decided to leave it for another six months before going for surgery because I had so much to do over the summer and was still able to function,although walking was starting to become interesting with some random foot misplacements and losing connection with both legs. I also had the information that surgery was not 100% sure to work and may even make things worse. I'm sure everyone on this site who has had surgery has had the same dilemma.

    Follow up appointment in September with neurosurgeon and this time it is the head of the team who sees me and says you look like someone who needs surgery. By then I am in total agreement having seen the early signs of oncoming loss of bowel control and loosing balance and feeling in both legs rapidly,pain intolerable, we agree a thoracic laminectomy is the next step.
    I was not offered any other treatment due to the severity the stenosis and so have undergone the surgery,which was another adventure in itself.
    I am 3 months post op now and a lot of the pain has gone,numbness is about the same,balance a lot better.The recovery is a slow process as everyone here knows,maybe in 10 months or so I will know the final result.
    To all here my sympathy for what you are going /have gone through .
  • rhonda1277rrhonda1277 Posts: 1
    edited 09/01/2015 - 10:11 PM
    Thanks for the previous posts. I also have a hard time finding information on thoracic stenosis. At 30, I was diagnosed with multiple herniated discs in my thoracic spine. By the time I was 33 I had 6 herniated discs in my thoracic and 2 in my cervical. I have degenerative disc disease, degenerative arthritis and facet joint issues. Now at 37 I have been through many many many procedures and tests. I recently had a CT myelogram which showed severe stenosis in two sections of my thoracic and moderate in others. Any information that can be shared would be helpful. Thanks!!!

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  • I was happy to see some activity on this post . I too have spinal stenosis...my issues are in cervical, lumbar and thoracic. I have done it all injections, pt, yoga, hot tops heat, ice , meds. No surgery yet,but my true agony comes from my thoracic area. It's unbearable sometimes. I have groin and leg pain but I am getting told that's lumbar and SI. My pain management doctor is wonderful and my pain is mostly controlled enough to function..but I can't seem to find much information on thoracic treatment. Just hearing others stories helps me .. Because I really believe my main problem is thoracic.
    This site really helps me!...thank you all.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,846
    edited 09/01/2015 - 5:04 PM
    have really only surface on medical sites in the past couple of years.
    Prior to that, the general belief was that since the thoracic dics are connected to our rib cage, there would not be any herniation and even if there was, there would be minimal pain.

    Well, if you read just some of my threads, you would understand that the thoracic problems are real and the treatment is not always easy.

    Surgery for thoracic disc is a major procedure and not all spinal specialist/surgeons are up to speed on it.

    Just search on thoracic and you will find mountains of threads/posts/articles on the subject
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Appreciate the info, I have issues in my entire back so it's taking me awhile to get through all the articles and posts!
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