Spine & Orthopedic Pain Centers

Thorascopic Release

Thorascopic Release allows the surgeon access to the anterior thoracic spine without a large incision. Multiple small skin incisions are made along the side of the chest to allow for the fiber-optic camera and surgical instruments to go to work.

Vertebral disks are removed, bone graft may be added for spinal fusion and instrumentation may be placed where needed. Consult with a pain management specialist if you are experiencing any of these symptoms or scoliosis

Posterior thorascopic release is often used with an anterior release and the goals are to:

  • improve the spinal curve from scoliosis,
  • improve the three-dimensional alignment of the spine,
  • prevent progression of the curve in the future
  • improve cosmetic look
  • reduce pain
  • optimize pulmonary function
  • maintain neurological integrity.

This is achieved by correction of the deformity and creation of a solid arthrodesis of the deformed part of the spine.

The most common use of thoracoscopic surgery is anterior release. Upper and middle vertebral discs are removed to increase the flexibility of the patient’s spine allowing for better correction of spine curvature. This approach is considered for rigid scoliosis.

Other types of spinal curvature that can be treated with thoracoscopic anterior release are:

  • Type III curves – single thoracic curves
  • Hypokyphotic curves – curves present in young patients
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Inderbir Johal, M.D.

Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist
Anesthesiologist

Dr. Inderbir Johal, M.D. is a highly-skilled interventional pain management physician. Following a rigorous residency program in anesthesiology at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Johal completed an intensive fellowship at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

Dr. Johal is passionate about his patients and their experience at Prestige Pain. Compassionate in his clinical approach, Dr. Johal uses leading-edge, minimally-invasive approaches to address acute and chronic pain effectively.

Dr. Johal welcomes your correspondence.

Gurbir Johal, M.D.

Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist
Anesthesiologist

Dr. Gurbir Johal is a highly-skilled interventional pain management physician. Following a rigorous residency program in anesthesiology at the prestigious University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Johal completed an intensive fellowship in pain medicine at the University of Chicago Pain Medicine Center.

Dr. Johal is passionate about his patients and their experience at Prestige Pain. Compassionate in his clinical approach, Dr. Johal uses leading-edge, minimally-invasive approaches to address acute and chronic pain effectively.

Dr. Johal welcomes your correspondence.