Thoracic Discectomy

About Thoracic Discectomy

The herniated disc obtrudes into the hollow tube of the spinal canal and directly pushes against the spinal cord passing over the spinal column. This can be the cause of damage to the spinal cord. Herniated discs can also stop the blood from flowing from the one and only blood vessel passing to the front of the spinal cord in the thoracic spine region, which can totally damage the nerve tissue in the spinal cord. The discs in the thoracic spine area are very thin as compared to other parts of the spine, resulting in loss of motion of the upper back. However, the thoracic area is quite sensitive to disease and injury that in severe cases, it needs spinal surgery. The goal of the surgery is to remove the affected part or full herniated disc pressing on the spinal cord or nerve root and is called thoracic discectomy.

Our spine surgeons in NJ are experienced and board-certified in treating every type of spinal condition related to the thoracic disc herniation whether it’s a non-surgical treatment or any type of spine surgery such as spinal fusion surgery, laser spine surgery, and discectomy.


Our spine surgeons performed the best treatments and thoracic spine surgery in NJ. We also provide the best service of physical therapists for physical therapy to assist you in any type of problem-related to spine surgery and pain management like neck pain, leg pain, low back pain, automobile injuries, etc.


Usually, symptoms of thoracic disc herniation show up after two years before the patient presents for treatment. These symptoms depend upon the area, position, or size of the degenerative disc disease, nerve irritation, or damage to the spinal cord. Some of the symptoms may include:
• Mid-back pain, radicular pain
• Numbness and weakness
• Bladder dysfunction
• Lower extremity weakness.


The following procedure is used to treat thoracic disc herniation. Thoracic discectomy targets to open the disc using laser ablation and a percutaneous needle. Significantly it is specified where the disc herniation has occurred inside the nucleus pulpous and is contraindicated where free disc disintegration is obvious.

Thoracic discectomy can be performed with two type procedures, the anterior approach (front side) or posterolateral approach (back side).

Anterior Procedure:

This procedure usually involves open thoracotomy in which the herniated disc get into through the chest cavity. This is an open thoracotomy is Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS). It is a minimally invasive spine surgery that is performed so carefully by several techniques and uses a thoracoscope, which is a surgical tool with a small camera. Thoracoscope is set in the area of thorax with a small cut to provide actual images of the surgical part or area on a screen. These images help the surgeon to take out and the herniated disc and remove it by using several instruments put in through small incisions. This procedure is minimally invasive and results in faster recovery than any other procedure.

Posterolateral Procedure:

The thoracic herniated disc is accessed through a small cut on the back of the spine. An opening through the bones that shield the herniated disc is made by removing a small part of the rib where the spine connects to it and transverse process (the spine is attached to a small bone). The thoracic discectomy is then performed with different types of small instruments. This surgery can be completed with the help of an X-ray and endoscope on which basis the surgery to be carefully fulfilled through tiny openings. The removal of the thoracic herniated disc relieves pressure on the spinal cord or nerves and reduces pain.

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