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Mid Back and Neck

Started by rossam on 11/28/2011 6:59pm

My neurosurgeon called me last Monday and explained to me
about doing surgery in my neck from C3-C4 and C6-C7 fusion
He called me back on Friday twice telling me how he wanted another
neurosurgeon to take a look at my MRI because of what the MRI says in having a herniated disc at midback T9-T10 level because I am having a great deal of pain in my chest, shoulders, arms, sides down to my hips with side leg pain and around to the front side of my rib cage I can not put pressure on my left side ribs at all. Needless to say I hurt and my doc says I already have had 3 major surgerys on my spine and he did not what to do 5 surgerys but I don't think that any one can
do all that in one surgery day?

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Not many options on thoracic surgery. I had T11-T12 fused by what is called XLIF, accessed me from the side and never cut a back muscle BUT that has since caused me to loose 1/3 disc on next 3 levels up in just 2 yrs. I didn't have a choice though T11 was a train wreck from yrs ago and then listening to a quack about my lumbar...eat pain pills and 3 yrs of atrophy accelerated my thoracic problems. There are so many good options for minimal invasive surgey these days and even laser to trim up bulging disc. I found a great Doc in Seneca SC that is going to do a facet rhizotomy on me next week to rid me of my spasms/pain that returned after about a yr of good results. Good luck.


I have had a l5-s1 and l5-l3 fusion and that has cause the t9-t10 to go
Bad to go bad although I already had a bulge at that level now it is
Hernited my surgeon thinks alot of problems in low back and thigh pain
May be coming from this area but also from c6-c7. I have a lot of midback


I had a T2-T10 spinal fusion in June of last year. It took almost 11 hours. They put in 16 pedicle screws and a brace around the spine at about T6.

So, yes, it can be done. But I would not recommend it for the faint of heart.

I am having my lumbar spine fused next week.


When you had all that with upper back did it help with pain and how long for recovery?
My Doc has not told me how or if they are going to do my whole upper back the one that really
hurts is T9-T10 but the T2-3 and T3-4 are herniated also plus the 2 in my neck.


I am 18 months into a 2+ year recovery for this surgery. It helped some, but you have to be prepared for the outcome. This is what it did help-

Pain at bra line that wrapped all the way around my chest
Burning sensations lessened to dull throbbing sensations
Instability of the region T2-10.

Would I do it again, yes. But I was in horrific pain. Now I am just in constant pain. Like I said before, I wouldn't recommend it for just anyone. I was so out of it for the first 8 months I do not even remember Christmas last year. I am very blessed to have a supportive family that took care of me. I am still heavily medicated and have not driven since the surgery. Obviously, I can't turn my spine to look behind me. Plus, in California you can get a DUI for driving with pain pills.

Also, this surgery was almost 500K. Your insurance will play a big part in your ability to have the surgery.

Let me know if you have any more questions.