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Thoracic surgery on 2-17-10

angela_talley03aangela_talley03 Posts: 109
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Well I am heading to surgery on the 17th.. I am having my T5-T6 fused for sure and I am going to talk with my dr when I go for my pre-op about T6-T7. I got my CT report and it sayd that my T6-T7 disc is also torn so I figure we might as well fix it while he is in there since we know that it isn't going to last very much longer.. I hate that I can't find much about the surgery any where.. When I had my lumbar fusion in April I was very prepared from all of the great info I got online and from here.. I knew what to expect and how things would work.. And plus there is nothing like hearing it from people who have already been through it.. I am very nervous and scared this time around.. My doc is worried about me going through this.. He knows that I need it and that he can do it, but he just hates to put me through it.. I have the best doc I swear.. I know a few important things about the surgery.. I know they are going to cut me on my left side from chest to back so I'm guessing about 6 inches or so.. They are going to remove one of my ribs completely and use it like they did with my hip bone in my lumbar fusion.. They will collapse my lung so I will have a chest tube for 24 to 72 hours so I won't be able to get out of bed until it is removed.. My doc said that moving shouldn't be as painful as it was after my lumbar fusion.. I had to have a blood transfusion after my lumbar fusion so I am worried that I will end up with another one.. And my hospital stay will be 3 to 5 days depending on my blood loss and so forth.. If anyone has had this surgery please feel free to tell me about it.. I hope everyone has a great pain free day..



  • Sounds like you have a good surgeon that you trust Angela. Thoracic surgery is quite rare, which is why you haven't found out much about it.

    There are people on here who have had it, so hopefully someone will tell you about their experience.

    I wish you all the best and will follow your progress (and pray for you, if you would like)

    Take care
  • Wow, sounds like your surgeon is quite compassionate. yes, unforutnately thoracic are the least common but it sounds like you have a specialist.

    I will be thinking of you. Let us know how the pre-admit appointment goes.
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  • I could use all the pray possible.. Thank you..
  • I will be thinking of you and wishing you a quick recovery! Boy, two major back surgeries in a year! You are a very strong and positive young woman! I think you will do very well because of your positive attitude, how well you did with your lumbar surgery, and it sounds like you have a very caring, compassionate and skilled dr! Good luck! Thoughts and prayers will be with you as you go through this!

  • Hi Angela,

    I wish you the very best, during your upcoming surgery and recovery.

    This surgery will be a bit more involved and it sounds like your surgeon has prepared you for this.

    Because it is difficult to find much information on thoracic surgeries (surgeon's don't like to go into the thoracic area, unless it is absolutely necessary), be sure to write down any questions you may have and ask your surgeon.

    Renee Swanzy had thoracic surgery done not too long ago through her side. I can't remember what level it was, but if you go to the Thoracic forum... you could find her name and send her a PM.

    It's nice to hear that you have found a doctor that you trust. You might want to ask him about other thoracic fusions he has done and what the recovery time was for those patients.

    As Kathy said... you are a strong young lady and have a positive attitude. Keep thinking positive thoughts!

    You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I will also be very anxious to hear how your surgery and recovery goes.

    Best wishes to you,

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  • Thank you guys very much.. I am very ready to just have the surgery over and to being healing.. I am very lucky in that my mom has come to stay with me and help me with my kids and house.. She got here in October and will be here until I am released after my surgery. My husband doesn't get home until about 6 and takes over with the kids and dinner on my super bad days.. I feel so bad that he has so much on his shoulders but he always says that it's his job as a husband and dad.. He diff deserves a vacation when I am better.. Ha ha.. He stays with me at the hospital so it is very nice to not have to call for help every 3 mins.. Ha ha ha.. When my thoracic spine started hurting he even surprised me with a 900 doller mattress to see if that would help any.. I am still nervous and worried but I know that he will be with me the whole way and is not afraid to speak up when someone doesn't to listen to me.. Lol.. I was living in Texas when I had my first surgery so I had it in Houston.. Well I have since moved to the New Orleans area, so my travel time to my doc is 6 hours.. But to me it is worth it.. Of course everyone tried to talk me into getting a new doc closer to where I live, but I just don't think that a spinal surgeon is something you "shop" around for.. I trust my doc and that is very rare in the medical world so to me all the pain and meds that I have to deal with to make the trip to Houston is worth it.. I will let you guys know what I learn at my pre-op appointment on the 10th.. Hope you all have a pain free day..
  • Angela---I just want to tell you good luck and we are here for you--I am not familiar with thoracic issues,so I cant add anything----but we are all spineys together,and we will go through this with you!Jeannie
  • Thank you Texascowgirl.. Everyone on here is so sweet.. I hope you are all having a great day..

  • What a blessing that your mum has been able to stay with you to help. Your husband sounds very supportive too. How many children do you have and how old are they?

    Recovery from your surgery will be tough (you know that better than I do because you have already had a fusion), but with all the support and care, you will get through it.

    I really hope that once you are recovered, you'll be able to take a vacation with your husband.
    Thinking of you as you prepare yourself and your home for this.
    Take care.
  • Well I got my second opinion that my spinal surgeon talked to me about. He said that he agreed with my spinal surgeon about the surgery as nothing else is helping and the disc is torn and everything is coming out of it. I was fine with that seeing as it wasn't even my idea to get the second opinion it was my dr's. I am just ready for it to be over and done with. I am so tired of all the pain I'm in. Well I hope everyone is having a good pain free day.
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