Modified lateral spinal decompression in 61 dogs with thoracolurnbar disc protrusion



A modified lateral spinal decompression technique was performed in 61 dogs with thoracolumbar disc protrusion. Myelography combined with plain radiography and neurological examination determined the side of greatest compression in 93 per cent of the dogs. Disc material was retrieved in 98 per cent of the cases. Of the 35 non-ambulatory dogs, 95 per cent regained the ability to walk. The recovery time was three weeks.