The provider removes part of or an entire thoracic vertebral bone and intervertebral disc material in a procedure called a corpectomy. In this procedure, a lateral extracavitary, or LECA, approach is made to one thoracic vertebra to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and spinal nerves. This approach also allows for the stabilization of the spine at the same time. The service is usually done as a result of a fracture, tumor, or deformity.
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