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  • columbus
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    Is it possible to reconnect the torn ligament in facet area? I have instability in thoracic spine and something irritates spinal cord. The doctors that I have seen consider me as a “hard to diagnose” case.

    Dr. Corenman
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    Reconnecting a ligament is generally fruitless in the spine. If you are having difficulty with diagnosis, another set of eyes might help.

    Dr. Corenman

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    columbus
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    Can you advise what my options are? The instability results in shifts to the left, forward and up. And only happens during sharp moves: car ride, night sleep. That’s the reason it is not evident on Xray. The most advanced fix that I know is the article by turkish surgeons about unilateral dynamic stabilization(in lumbar spine). What do you recommend?

    Dr. Corenman
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    If you have an instability of a thoracic segment, I would advise a fusion of this single segment. The restoration of stability through ligament reconstruction has generally been met with failure and complications as there is not just one ligament that is incompetent but multiple ligaments. The motion segment (the disc and the two vertebra) have a complex stability relationship and failure involves ligaments, capsules, discs and joint surfaces as well as ribs in the thoracic spine.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
    If this forum has helped you, please let Dr. Corenman know!

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