Nakahara, S. & Sato, T. Eur Spine J (1995) 4: 366. doi:10.1007/BF00300300
The case of a patient with progressive paraparesis due to first thoracic disc herniation is reported. He was treated successfully with anterior interbody fusion by the Smith-Robinson approach. An anterior approach is desirable for surgical treatment of T1/2 disc herniation, and up to this level the Smith-Robinson approach, without thoracotomy, is entirely possible.
Disc herniation First thoracic disc Anterior approach Myelopathy