Thoracic Spine Surgery

According to the statistics, almost 80-90% of people experience back pain in their lifetime. Thoracic spine pain is a common phenomenon, and can be caused by different conditions and diseases. If the root of the problem can’t be treated with non-invasive methods, thoracic spine surgery is used. This is the only effective solution that can solve the problem forever. Why going through such operation in Bonifatius hospital? This article will educate you on the peculiarities of spine surgery and our approach.

What is thoracic spine operation?

If a person experiences pain in the middle of the back, it means that some vertebrae are damaged or pressed upon. Thoracic spine serves to protect our lungs, heart and other organs, and is supposed to be stable. The discs in this section of spine are smaller, and better protected. However, the spinal cord is quite thin there, and vertebra can be damaged easily. Thoracoscopic spine surgery and traditional operations allow handling the cause of pain and repairing the damages bones and tissues.


Often people suffer from mid-back pain caused by herniation. But many other conditions can contribute to painful symptoms:

  • degenerative disc diseases;
  • osteoporosis;
  • scoliosis;
  • compression fracture;
  • spinal stenosis;
  • kyphosis (excessive rounding of the upper part of the spine).


Of course, the main sign indicating the need of surgery is persistent pain in the mid-back. But there are many other conditions and symptoms that you should pay attention to. These include pain in chest, numbness, tingling or numbness, pain that spreads in body and legs, acute reflexes in one or both legs, muscle weakness, spasticity in legs. Most often, these symptoms develop because nerves are pressed or irritated. Besides, herniated disc can cause paralysis of legs.

Types of surgery

Surgeons of Bonifatius hospital perform different thoracic spine surgery procedures: open and endoscopic. The first is usually done when vertebrae are severely damaged, and the surgeon needs to operate on hard to reach tissues. A minimally invasive thoracic spine surgery is considered to be the modern standard in many advanced clinics. During such operation, the surgeon makes a few small incisions and uses a tiny camera or microscope to see the inside of the body. Other cuts are used to use instruments. This approach is preferable, because it has shorter recovery period, and causes less pain. Besides, the risk of bleeding and infection is very low, when small incisions are made.

How is it performed?

Before the procedure, a patient is given general anesthesia. He or she lies on the abdomen or side. The surgeon makes an opening layer by layer, then observes the affected area and replaces or repairs damaged vertebrae. Microscope can be used to see tiny nerves, and sometimes vertebrae are fixed and stabilized with the help of metal and plastic components.

Thoracic spine surgery recovery depends on the type of operation. As a rule, a patient has to spend about 3-7 days in hospital, and total recovery can complete in several weeks. It is important to follow doctor’s recommendations and take prescribed medications, if there are any.

Although surgeons of Bonifatius hospital do their best to reduce all possible thoracic spine surgery risks, there still can be some negative outcomes. Patients can suffer from bleeding, pain, infection and fatigue. More serious side effects can include breaking and disruption of metal constructions keeping the spine, development of new hernias in vertebrae, and compression of nerves.

Why people choose Bonifatius hospital?

Bonifatius hospital is truly worth being called one of the most advanced German clinics. No matter how complicated patients’ cases are, our team does its best to help people and bring them hope back. What makes us special?

Our team

Only best-of-the-breed specialists work in the hospital. We keep improving our skills and methods, and always try to be ahead of the times with innovative devices and techniques. Our medical officer is Dr. Gerard Kolb, one of the most experienced and well-known German doctors. When working with patients, we use multi-disciplinary approach, which means the doctors elaborate individual treatment plans for patients taking every detail into consideration.

Our advantages

Many people choose Bonifatius hospital, because:

  • it has convenient wards and up-to-date facilities;
  • 24/7 medical supervision is guaranteed;
  • the center provides decent catering;
  • our prices are lower than in many other German clinics.

Bonifatius hospital is located in Lingen, Germany. Visit us, or contact our agents via email and phone to arrange your trip and treatment. We are always glad to help our patients, no matter where they come from!