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Minimally Invasive Thoracic Discectomy

The surgical technique for a minimally invasive thoracic discectomy is the same as for a cervical or lumbar discectomy. Some patients with thoracic disc herniations may require an anterior trans-thoracic approach for midline thoracic disc herniations that cannot be exposed by a posterior laminectomy. It is common to find asymptomatic thoracic disc herniations, and these typically do not require surgical treatment.