Thoracic Spinal Surgery

Image: Illustration of thoracic disc herniation that can occasionally be treated with a posterior laminectomy approach that preserves structure and function of the spinal column (from Journal of Neurosurgery, Stillerman
et al, 1995)

Thoracic spinal surgery of any type
is uncommon comprising <5% of all
spinal surgical procedures and most
spinal surgeons have limited
experience in this subspecialty area.
Dr Johnson has extensive experience
in thoracic spinal surgery of all types
and has performed over 1000
surgical procedures involving the
thoracic spine ranging from microsurgery, herniated disc surgery, tumor surgery, endoscopic surgery and reconstructive spinal
deformity surgery.

Image: New technology that was developed in conjunction with Dr. Johnson to treat thoracic fractures with minimally invasive technology

Samudrala S, Vaynman S, Thiayananthan T, Ghostine S, Bergey DL, Pashman RS, Johnson JP:. Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy for Kyphosis of the Cervicothoracic Junction: A New Approach, Journal of Neurosurgery-Spine, December 2010

Mundwiler ML, Siddique K, Dym JM, Perri B, Johnson JP, Weisman MH. Complications of the spine in ankylosing spondylitis with a focus on deformity correction. Neurosurg Focus 24 (1): E6, 2008.

Rustamzadeh E, Siddique K, Johnson JP: Fracture-dislocations of the thoraco-lumbar spine.  Atlas of Spinal Trauma: Adult and Pediatric. Editors: Kim DH, Ludwig SC, Vaccaro AR., Elsevier Inc.,  Philadelphia, PA 2007.

Johnson JP, Stokes JK, Oskouian RJ, Choi WW, King W: Image-guided thoracoscopic spinal surgery: a merging of two technologies.  Spine 30(19): E572-E578, October 2005.

Villavicencio AT, Oskouian R, Roberson FC, Stokes JK, Park J and Johnson JP: Thoracolumbar vertebral reconstruction of metastatic spinal tumors: long-term outcomes. Neurosurg Focus 19(3):E8, September 2005.

Johnson JP, Pashman RS, Lauryssen C, Anand N, Regan JJ, Bray RS: The changing role for neurosurgeons and the treatment spinal deformity. J Neurosurg Spine 2(3): 233-242, March 2005.

Oskouian RJ, Johnson JP: Vascular complications in anterior thoracolumbar spinal reconstruction. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine 96:1-5, January 2002.

Yue J, Guyer D, Johnson JP, Khoo LT, Hochschuler ST: The Comprehensive Treatment of the Aging Spine Minimally Invasive and Advanced Techniques.  Elsevier Publishing Philadelphia , PA  2010.