@suzfuse46 Thanks, Amanda for bringing me into this conversation. Sue, you have an extensive history of spine surgeries and with your neurosurgeon not acknowledging your condition, I think you are right in seeking another opinion. I did some searching of medical literature on Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) for spine surgery, and then in looking up the authors, I found medical centers that use this method for video assisted surgeries. I found a paper authored by Mayo surgeons for VATS scoliosis pediatric surgery and the Mayo website does indicate VATS can be done for spine surgeries. I found VATS spine literature authored by surgeons at UC Davis, and Cedars-Siani in California. https://thejns.org/focus/view/journals/neurosurg-focus/36/3/article-pE8.xml
I had also responded to your personal message. I can inquire with the Mayo surgeon who did my cervical surgery to ask about surgeons there who might be using this VATS for adult thoracic spine surgeries.
You need a high level spine deformity expert who takes complex cases. I found a new video with a presentation by Dr. Patrick Johnson from Cedars- Siani in Los Angeles that discusses video assisted thoracic spine surgeries and it shows surgery photos and videos, so be prepared to see those if you watch this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z44zfcIp_xw