Thoracic back surgery
Thoracic surgery is typically recommended to address significant problems with the thoracic segment of the spine, located in the mid-back. Typically, thoracic surgery, as with nearly all spine surgeries, is seen as a final option after other, more conservative treatments have been exhausted. Thoracic surgical options include traditional open back procedures as well as minimally invasive procedures.
Before deciding on the best treatment option for your needs, be sure to research all thoracic back surgery options. Some minimally invasive procedures offer benefits over traditional open back surgeries, and this information may be helpful in deciding which treatment option to pursue.
Conditions treated with thoracic back surgery
The thoracic spine describes the 12 vertebrae between the neck and lower back. This segment is responsible for supporting the ribcage, which requires great strength but also greatly limits range of motion. Because of there is less wear due to motion, issues with the thoracic vertebrae are less common than with their counterparts in the cervical (upper) and lumbar (lower) spine.
It is possible for the thoracic spine to develop problems, however. Thoracic surgery is often required to treat middle back pain that can be caused by:
- Herniated discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Pinched, compressed or stressed nerves
- Spinal stenosis
- Bone spurs or tumors
Understanding thoracic back surgery
A physician will typically only present traditional open back surgery as an option after all other treatments have been explored. An individual experiencing neck or back pain can often manage the symptoms with more conservative methods, such as physical therapy, pain medication and the application of ice or heat. Thoracic surgery, cervical surgery and lumbar surgery only become only become an option when these treatments have not brought hoped-for pain relief.
Depending on the source of the problem, a number of surgical procedures are available. For some patients, the option of both traditional open back surgery and minimally invasive surgery are available for thoracic spine conditions. At Laser Spine Institute, we can review your MRI report or CT scan and determine if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive spine surgeries.
Take the next step toward finding pain relief and contact Laser Spine Institute today.