Anyone have any ideas about treatment of thoracic disase including thoracic surgery?

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.
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.