Thoracic Spine Surgery

Thoracic spine surgery can be an effective treatment for mid-back pain, but should only be considered if conservative and non-operative treatments have failed to provide relief.

The thoracic spine is the middle region of the back and is made up of twelve vertebrae, T1 through T12.  Injuries to the thoracic spine are less common that other regions, like cervical and lumbar, because the thoracic region has the added protection of the rib cage.  However, the thoracic spine is the main support system involved in activities like twisting and bending so condition like a herniated disc or spinal stenosis can still occur.