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Thoracic disc surgery

Thoracic discectomy

A surgical procedure to repair a slipped disc

About thoracic disc surgery

The spine is formed of 24 vertebrae, 12 of which make up the central thoracic section. Similar to the lower back the intervertebral discs may be damaged by age or heavy lifting, and put pressure on the nerve next to them.

Need to know

  • What happens during a thoracic discectomy? icon plus

    Your consultant may recommend an endoscopic (keyhole) procedure. This minimally invasive technique can be carried out through a cut no bigger than a needle puncture, usually using local anaesthetic and sedation. It may be that your condition requires a larger cut or general anaesthetic. Your consultant will discuss this with you beforehand.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Your consultant will discuss your options and help decide the best type of procedure for you. If your operation requires general anaesthetic, your consultant will let you know how long you should avoid eating or drinking beforehand. As with any procedure, there may be some risks or side effects involved. Your consultant can discuss these with you beforehand.
  • After surgery icon plus

    Depending on the exact type of procedure you've had, you may be able to return home the same day. However you may need to stay in hospital, usually for no more than three nights. They can also let you know what to expect about returning to work and more vigorous exercise.
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Our spinal consultants

We're proud to work with leading orthopaedic and neurosurgical experts who specialise in different regions of the spine, and whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our locations

From complex spinal surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional spinal care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Wellington Hospital - South Building

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 020 7586 5959

  • London Bridge Hospital

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments & Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773

  • The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7730 8298
    General enquiries 020 7730 7733

  • The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    General enquiries 020 7486 1234

  • The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London  W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7935 7700
    General enquiries 020 7034 8181

  • HCA UK at The Wilmslow Hospital

    52-54 Alderley Road

    Wilmslow

    SK9 1NY

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 01615 160 961

  • Platinum Medical Centre facility

    Platinum Medical Centre

    Platinum Medical Centre, 15 - 17 Lodge Road

    London

    NW8 7JA

    Call 020 7483 5148

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    HCA UK at The Shard

    The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street

    London

    SE1 9BS

    Call 020 3131 6888
    Opening hours 7:30 - 20:00 Monday - Friday

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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