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Cushing, OK
A 38-year-old female asked:

Will this require surgery?central disc protrusion at t7-8 causes effacement of anterior thecal sac. mild pressure on ventral aspect of thoracic cord.

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Dr. Robert Perlmuter
Specializes in Internal Medicine
It depends: It really depends on your symptoms. If you have pain that does not go away, you may need surgery. See a spine surgeon for an opinion.
Dr. Howard Shapiro
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Depends on symptoms: Disc surgery doesn't always provide relief. Xrays of mris of the spine may look terrible, but if you have no major symptoms, surgery is not indicated. If your symptoms are bothersome, but modest in degree, then physican therapy or an exercise program will help and a physiatrist can direct this.

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Cushing, OK
A 38-year-old female asked:

Meaning and is it serious? Central disc protrusion at t7-8 causes effacement of anterior thecal sac. Mild pressure on ventral aspect of thoracic cord.

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Dr. Frederick Nahm
Neurology 27 years experience
Cord Health: If the report is correct, the pressure on the thoracic cord could be causing symptoms of weakness, numbness, and urinary problems. This is something that you should discuss with your doctor today. Any changes in how you are walking, weakness, or bladder changes.Are concerning and would require immediate medical attention.
Cushing, OK
A 38-year-old female asked:

What is name of the surgery to fix this?Central disc protrusion at t7-8 effacement of anterior thecal sac.Pressure on ventral aspect of thoracic cord.

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Dr. Adam Lewis
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Thoracic disc: To remove a central disc herniation in the thoracic spine usually requires a anterior approach through the chest to avoid damage to the spinal cord. Please discuss the approach with your spine surgeon for the best approach to your herniated disc.
Cushing, OK
A 38-year-old female asked:

What does this mean? Central disc protrusion at t7-8 causes effacement of anterior thecal sac. Mild pressure on ventral aspect of thoracic cord.

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Dr. Martin Morell
Rheumatology 29 years experience
The: Herniation of the disc pushes the cover of the spinal cord but does not compress the cord itself.

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Last updated Feb 22, 2019

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