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Anyone have any ideas about treatment of thoracic disase including thoracic surgery?
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Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery
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In brief: Difficult
The majority of patients do not need surgery on their thoracic spine for disk problems.
There are some with exceptional disorders or deformities which do need surgery. When this is necessary, see a spine fellowship trained specialist only for this type of surgery. If you can travel, dr. Lawrence lenke in st. Louis is one of the best in the country.

In brief: Difficult
The majority of patients do not need surgery on their thoracic spine for disk problems.
There are some with exceptional disorders or deformities which do need surgery. When this is necessary, see a spine fellowship trained specialist only for this type of surgery. If you can travel, dr. Lawrence lenke in st. Louis is one of the best in the country.
Dr. Larry Armstrong
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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
I would agree that most thoracic disc pathologies do not require surgery. There have been advancements in the surgical approach over the last 10 years which minimizes the risks of these procedures. Being efllowship trained and experienced are the two most important factors in choosing a surgeon. The doctor mentioned is well-known for severe scoliosis.
Dr. Eric Toloza
Surgery - Thoracic
In brief: Depends
On the thoracic disease.
Some thoracic disease are treated medically (asthma, insterstitial lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis, pneumonia, emphysema, etc.). Some thoracic disease are treated surgically (lung cancer, other tumors). May need open thoracotomy procedure, but may be able to have minimally invasive thoracoscopic (vats) or robotic procedure.

In brief: Depends
On the thoracic disease.
Some thoracic disease are treated medically (asthma, insterstitial lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis, pneumonia, emphysema, etc.). Some thoracic disease are treated surgically (lung cancer, other tumors). May need open thoracotomy procedure, but may be able to have minimally invasive thoracoscopic (vats) or robotic procedure.
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