A posterior fusion for a thoracic disc herniation is an acceptable procedure. Is the surgeon also going to use a lateral approach to remove this herniation?
While most likely it is, one question is whether this herniation is causing your pain. Have you had an epidural or facet blocks at this level? Have you had a discogram? What testing have you undergone to determine that this thoracic disc herniation is causing your pain?
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.