Thoracic Corpectomy

Thoracic corpectomy is a surgical procedure aimed at decompressing the spinal cord and nerve roots in the thoracic (mid-back) region by removing a portion of the vertebral body and adjacent discs. This procedure is typically performed to address severe spinal cord compression, tumors, fractures, or other conditions causing significant pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots in the thoracic spine.


During a thoracic corpectomy, the patient is placed under general anesthesia. The surgeon makes an incision in the mid-back region and carefully moves the muscles and tissues aside to access the spine. Using specialized surgical instruments, the surgeon removes the affected portion of the vertebral body, as well as any adjacent discs contributing to spinal cord compression or nerve root impingement. Bone graft material may be inserted into the resulting defect to promote spinal fusion and stability. In some cases, metal implants such as plates and screws may be used to secure the spine.

Benefits of Thoracic Corpectomy:

  1. Decompression: By removing the portion of the vertebral body causing compression on the spinal cord or nerve roots, thoracic corpectomy effectively decompresses the neural structures, relieving pain, numbness, weakness, and other symptoms.
  2. Restoration of Spinal Stability: Thoracic corpectomy may restore spinal stability and alignment by addressing structural abnormalities or instability caused by conditions such as fractures or tumors.
  3. Prevention of Further Damage: By addressing spinal cord compression or nerve root impingement, thoracic corpectomy may help prevent further neurological deficits and halt the progression of spinal cord injury.
  4. Improved Quality of Life: Many patients experience a significant improvement in their quality of life following thoracic corpectomy, with reduced pain, improved function, and the ability to return to their daily activities with greater comfort and mobility.

Is Thoracic Corpectomy Right for You?

The decision to undergo thoracic corpectomy is highly individualized and should be made in consultation with a qualified spine surgeon. Factors such as the extent of spinal cord compression, overall spinal health, and individual preferences will influence the treatment approach.

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