Thoracic laminectomy is a procedure performed by spine surgeons to decompress the spinal cord of the thoracic spine.
Laminectomy surgery can help relieve pressure on the spinal cord caused by spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal).
Thoracic laminectomy can be a good option to treat patients with thoracic spinal stenosis and who are suffering from weakness, numbness, impaired ambulation, and other signs and symptoms of myelopathy.
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Posterior thoracic fusion is a surgical technique where the surgeon is able fuse segments of the thoracic spine together.
Thoracic fusions are also used to treat deformities, scoliosis, kyphosis, or spinal instability.
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Posterior thoracic discectomy is a technique to remove herniated discs of the thoracic spine.
Such cases are rare, and challenging giving the complex anatomy and sensitivity of the spinal cord.
It is a great option for patients who are experiencing thoracic myelopathy, or weakness, numbness, tingling, and problems walking as a result of a disc herniation affecting the thoracic spinal cord.
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