I was in an auto accident 15 months ago and had a burst compression fracture of T12. After waiting this long for it to heal, surgery has been recommended. I'm trying to find people who have had a corpectomy or transversectomy of a thoracic vertebra who could give me some advice. The doctor says 60-75% of patients have significant improvement after this surgery. I was hoping the number would be higher. I've heard it is a brutal surgery and a long recovery. I'm just not sure I want to live with this pain for the rest of my life - I'm only 47. This is not a disc surgery, it is replacing the vertebrae, so please don't respond if you have had disc surgery.