For those with chronic, severe back pain, conservative methods of treating the pain can be ineffective. In the thoracic or middle back region of the spine, pressure put on the spinal cord due to bone spurs or other irregularities may need surgical intervention to relieve chronic pain. A thoracic corpectomy and spine fusion is one option for relieving this pressure on the spinal canal and nerves that can be the source of chronic back pain.
A thoracic corpectomy is a surgical procedure where spinal decompression is accomplished by removing part of the vertebrae in the thoracic region. This can be one or more vertebrae and the surrounding discs. Once removed, a bone structure or interbody cage can be inserted into the open area to provide support to the spine. Once in place, the new structure can fuse to the existing vertebrae, creating a cohesive spinal system that relieves the pressure that was once causing the chronic pain for the patient.
What Is a Thoracic Fusion?
At Atlanta Spine, our founder Dr. Bhatti is an experienced spine surgeon that can effectively complete a thoracic corpectomy and spine fusion for those that can benefit from this procedure. In some cases, only a thoracic fusion is needed to relieve middle back pain. Thoracic fusions involve connecting vertebrae in the thoracic region, allowing these boney elements to grow together. Hardware can be used to hold the vertebrae together until the bone grafts strengthen. Thoracic fusions can be used to relieve pressure caused by herniated or damaged discs, bones spurs and other manifestations in the middle back.
Thoracic corpectomy or thoracic fusion are complex procedures that are less common than cervical or lumbar back surgeries. However, Dr. Bhatti has the expertise to complete these essential spine surgeries when needed for the relief of his patients. As with all our surgeries at Atlanta Spine, Dr. Bhatti always strives to use minimally invasive techniques to reduce surgical risks and improve recovery. Contact our office today for a consultation.