While many problems with the thoracic region of the spine can be addressed with non-invasive, conservative treatment techniques, some cases can only be addressed through surgical procedures.
At Innovative Spine, patients can take comfort knowing that their thoracic surgery is performed by Dr. Frank Kuwamura, a doctor with 19 years of experience in the field of orthopedic spine care. If you’d like more information about our practice or are interested in scheduling a consultation appointment to explore your thoracic surgery options, contact us today.
A discectomy is performed when a herniated disc needs to be removed from the thoracic area of the spine. In most cases, herniated discs in the thoracic region of the spine can be addressed with conservative treatments, but a discectomy becomes necessary when other treatment options have not been able to effectively relieve pain, or the patient’s condition is rapidly worsening. The goal of a discectomy is to remove the part of the herniated disc that is pressing on the nerve root or spinal cord and is causing the patient severe pain or discomfort.
Fusion Scoliosis Correction
Fusion scoliosis correction is used in cases of scoliosis where the curvature of the spine is extreme enough to impair the mobility of the affected individual or cause them a great deal of pain and discomfort.
During treatment, rods, hooks, wires, and screws are attached to the curved areas of the spine in order to secure it into a straight, aligned position. Small pieces of bone are also placed over the spine to further fix it in place. Recovery from this surgery can take weeks, and patients are usually restricted from participating in strenuous activities for an extended period of time after this recovery period is over.
Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive treatment option for patients suffering from a compression fracture of the spine. While many conservative treatments can heal these fractures, they also leave patients in pain for weeks; kyphoplasty offers immediate pain relief and stabilization of the vertebrae.
The procedure is performed through a quarter-inch sized incision. A balloon is then used to straighten the fractured area of the vertebral body and create space. Bone cement is injected into this newly created space to stabilize the structure of the vertebral body and allow it to maintain an upright position, correcting posture and realigning the spine.
Laminectomy is a surgical procedure used to create space in the thoracic region of the spinal cord when it has become crowded either because of spinal stenosis or disc herniation. While cases of spinal stenosis and disc herniation are usually addressed with more conservative treatments, a laminectomy is used in cases where these treatments have failed to provide relief, or the patient’s condition has quickly become severe.
During the procedure, the lamina, or back portion of the vertebra, is removed from the spine. This alleviates pressure on the spinal cord and nearby nerves.
Contact Innovative Spine today to learn more about any of these thoracic surgery options, or to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Kuwamura.