Thoracic Disc Herniation

Washington University spinal neurosurgeons specialize in the treatment of the entire spectrum of spinal disorders, extending from the skull to the sacrum. From the rare to the commonplace, our fellowship-trained and board-certified surgeons are uniquely qualified to treat diseases of the spine. We take a multidisciplinary approach combining the expertise of neurologists, physiatrists, pain specialists and surgeons to develop treatments tailored specifically for each patient we treat. 

As educators and scientists, our physicians also are actively engaged in clinical and basic science research designed to improve the quality and safety of the care we deliver to our patients. Techniques developed at Washington University are on the leading edge of treatments offered to patients across the nation.

Conditions & Treatments

Herniation can occur in the thoracic discs, which are located in the upper back. Our surgeons specialize in both minimally invasive and traditional “open” procedures to treat thoracic disc herniation. Many techniques have been developed to minimize the injury to muscles, ligaments and discs surrounding the spine.