Thoracic Back Surgery One Year Later

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Terry Pettigew

High Point, NC

#1 May 17, 2006
I am looking for guidance on why one year after a T11-12 disectomy and thoracotamy my left side which was cut open is still painful, numb, and has a thick, heavy feeling? And how long should I expect this? I was bolted together from a herniated disc that was pushing on my spine from a car accident.

Thank You
Sheila Pritchard
#2 Jun 30, 2007
Please can someone who has had thoracic herniated disc surgery get in touch. I want to ask a few questions to someone who has had it.

Thank you
Stacey

Lincoln, NE

#3 Jun 16, 2011
Sheila Pritchard wrote:
Please can someone who has had thoracic herniated disc surgery get in touch. I want to ask a few questions to someone who has had it.
Thank you
I had a herniated disk 16 years ago and a dr. cut the rupture off. I did very well almost a complete recovery. I have recently had trouble with it because I have a growth of calcium on my spine in this area. I was miserable before I had the original surgery though and it made a huge difference.
concerned

Middlesboro, KY

#4 Jul 22, 2011
I have ruptured discs at T7 and T8...I have been told by Surgeons that ,they will not operate due to the area being to close to the spinal cord. Has any one else had this problem?
AKB -

Haines City, FL

#5 Oct 5, 2011
concerned wrote:
I have ruptured discs at T7 and T8...I have been told by Surgeons that ,they will not operate due to the area being to close to the spinal cord. Has any one else had this problem?
I have herniation at C7-T1 and T11-T12 also touching the spinal column and I have been told the same thing. No one will do surgery in the thoracic area. I wonder how these people found surgeons to operate on them? Have you found anyone since your last post? I am in so much pain I'm ready to take the chance if I can find a surgeon to do it.
Karen

Lancaster, NY

#6 Apr 2, 2012
I am having thoracic surgery on t7-8 t8-9 in one week. My surgeon uses a scope. I'm looking forward to not being in so much pain!
Ouch

Washington, DC

#7 Apr 11, 2012
I going for a consoultaion im scared
Ouch

Washington, DC

#8 Apr 11, 2012
My email is signdoctor01@aol.com need some one to talk to
Ugh

Dodge Center, MN

#9 Jun 5, 2012
I had a surgery Jan.2011 on my back. I had a bulging disk in thoracic area. Before surgery i never had back pain. My symptoms were paralysis in the legs and feet. I thought i was loosing my mind. My brain wasnt telling my feet to walk. My Dr. said I needed surgery soon since my bulging disk was on my spinal cord and if I chose not to, further symptoms such as bladder and bowel disfunctions plus other things could happen if the disk wasnt removed from the spinal cord to prevent permanent damage. Now, a year and half later, my back hurts all the time. Washing dishes, putting up clothes, working in awkward postions while using tools at work, and walking (which i'm wondering is the reason my knees feel like they are going to buckle)Going tmrw to see him, ughhh!!!
Poelady

Debary, FL

#10 Aug 9, 2012
Terry Pettigew wrote:
I am looking for guidance on why one year after a T11-12 disectomy and thoracotamy my left side which was cut open is still painful, numb, and has a thick, heavy feeling? And how long should I expect this? I was bolted together from a herniated disc that was pushing on my spine from a car accident.
Thank You
I had thoracic back surgery 2 months ago and my back feels the same way, I talked to my Dr at Shands hospital and started using a tens unit and heat on the area at the same time and this seems to help the pain. I had herniated T3T4 right behind my heart and my spinal cord was compressed and displaced by this. My biggest problem was finding a Doc who had done this before as they all were willing to try just were not sure how to do it. I wasn't going to let them learn on me. I am bolted together and was told these symptoms will improve but it takes time.
cindysmith

Denver, CO

#11 Oct 26, 2012
concerned wrote:
I have ruptured discs at T7 and T8...I have been told by Surgeons that ,they will not operate due to the area being to close to the spinal cord. Has any one else had this problem?
i also have herniated discs at t 7 t8. &t6 my doctor is talking surgery, I have had 5 spinal injections in 2the years, &calmare treatment no releif. I had a spinal injection today, if I have any releif, it will identify which disc to remove. My Dr. Will do the survery here in Kalispell mt. We have a new neuro spine center.
cindysmith

Denver, CO

#12 Oct 26, 2012
Sheila Pritchard wrote:
Please can someone who has had thoracic herniated disc surgery get in touch. I want to ask a few questions to someone who has had it.
Thank you
3787..iam also searching this surgery is upcoming, if only we could figure out which herniation is the culpret, 3 displacing or pressing on spinal cord. Any body have tbis surgery
cindysmith

Denver, CO

#13 Oct 26, 2012
Ugomgh wrote:
I had a surgery Jan.2011 on my back. I had a bulging disk in thoracic area. Before surgery i never had back pain. My symptoms were paralysis in the legs and feet. I thought i was loosing my mind. My brain wasnt telling my feet to walk. My Dr. said I needed surgery soon since my bulging disk was on my spinal cord and if I chose not to, further symptoms such as bladder and bowel disfunctions plus other things could happen if the disk wasnt removed from the spinal cord to prevent permanent damage. Now, a year and half later, my back hurts all the time. Washing dishes, putting up clothes, working in awkward postions while using tools at work, and walking (which i'm wondering is the reason my knees feel like they are going to buckle)Going tmrw to see him, ughhh!!!
omg! I am having the upper body symptoms now from 1a of3 or all 3 herniated THORACIC discs,damage from work related injury. I am contemplating surgery. I am in so muxh pain, still working full time& feeling like I cant make it anymore!U r the first person des ribing my pain!To top it off I have meniscus tears in both knees, work comp. Denies that knee claim. My ribs hurt all the time, as well as my back. Sory to hear your terrible experience
cindysmith

Denver, CO

#14 Oct 26, 2012
AKB - wrote:
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I have herniation at C7-T1 and T11-T12 also touching the spinal column and I have been told the same thing. No one will do surgery in the thoracic area. I wonder how these people found surgeons to operate on them? Have you found anyone since your last post? I am in so much pain I'm ready to take the chance if I can find a surgeon to do it.
Dr. Frank Bishop
cindysmith

Denver, CO

#15 Oct 26, 2012
Karen wrote:
I am having thoracic surgery on t7-8 t8-9 in one week. My surgeon uses a scope. I'm looking forward to not being in so much pain!
all 3disks? My Dr. Will only do one, I also have 3
cindysmith

United States

#16 Oct 28, 2012
Please tell me how u r? Did thw surgery go well, I hope! Who did your surgery &a location please. What is the recovery time. I hope everything went well 4 u, because I care about people and because I need some hope, I am feeling down &a hopeless after 2 years of therapy, calmare, 5 injections & holding down a full time job in aLTC facility.
Paula

Rochester, MI

#17 Nov 4, 2012
Karen wrote:
I am having thoracic surgery on t7-8 t8-9 in one week. My surgeon uses a scope. I'm looking forward to not being in so much pain!
I am having thoracic surgery Tuesday. T6 T7 herniated disk approaching for the side.
Have you had surgery yer, how was your recovery?

Thank you for any help yo can give me.
Ray Wilcau

Augusta, GA

#18 Nov 29, 2012
cindysmith wrote:
<quoted text> i also have herniated discs at t 7 t8. &t6 my doctor is talking surgery, I have had 5 spinal injections in 2the years, &calmare treatment no releif. I had a spinal injection today, if I have any releif, it will identify which disc to remove. My Dr. Will do the survery here in Kalispell mt. We have a new neuro spine center.
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Hello Cindy, My wife had two surgeries on t8, t9 in pittsburgh, PA. The operations were in 2010 and 2012... Her symptoms were extreme pain in the back at the t8-t9 level. Local surgeons would only operate through the chest, like open heart surgery.. Dr. Jho , located at Jho Institute for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery, Allegheny General Hospital operated through the back with methods and instuments that he develped.. she walked out of the hospital the next day. I recommend that you do a goggle web search for "Doctor Jho, Pittsburgh, Pa. Best of luck...
Jessica

Saugerties, NY

#19 Dec 29, 2012
Paula wrote:
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I am having thoracic surgery Tuesday. T6 T7 herniated disk approaching for the side.
Have you had surgery yer, how was your recovery?
Thank you for any help yo can give me.
Paula,
Did you have your surgery yet? I am facing a Thoracic spinal surgery and I have two weeks to decide on it. my bad disks are at T5-6 and T6-7. the doctor is going through the back but coming at the spine through the side of my spine. I'm so terrified to have this done but I'm a young woman and i have turned into s bed ridden old lady. I can not handle the pain any longer and my legs are now suffering from extreme pain as well. I would like to know how your surgery went and how you are feeling now. It also helps a lot to know i am not the only one to face this surgery and it gives me hope to see the success stories on here.
Dave

London, UK

#20 Jan 10, 2013
I had two prolapsed discs at T8-9 and T9-10. The T8-9 disc was protruding massively and flattening the spinal causing myelopathy.

The condition came on suddenly in October last year. I was simply walking to the shops and my back starting hurting. There weren't any warning signs or symptoms beforehand, this was straight out of the blue.

It became very painful during the course of the day but during the next 48 hours the pain cleared. At this point my feet became numb, I had pins and needles and numbness in my legs plus severe spasticity especially in my right leg, walking became very difficult

I was admitted to hospital, received the diagnosis and I was told that without surgery I had a 100% chance of eventually becoming paralysed. By this point I was pretty much dragging my right leg along and could only walk with a stick. The only good thing was I wasn't in pain!

The surgery was carried out on the 20th December (my birthday!) and I spent Christmas in hospital. I got out on the 29th.

My symptoms have improved greatly since the surgery even though it's only 3 weeks ago. I still have some stiffness / spasticity around my knees and my feet are still numb but my walking is much better. I hobbled into hospital on the morning of the surgery with a stick and walked out with the stick folded away in my suitcase 9 days later.

The operation involved going in from the right side, removing part of a rib and collapsing my right lung. They then removed the two prolapsed discs and decompressed the spinal cord at T8-9 level. The side around the rib is very sore, especially when lying down so sleeping is difficult. Although t doesn't hurt when I walk.

Whilst this is a big scary operation and I will certainly have a very long way to go before I am anywhere near recovered (I was training for a half marathon and don't know if I will ever run again) it is possible to get through it.

Good luck to anyone facing this. Stay positive.

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