Modified French-window thoracotomy for exposure of the anterior thoracic spine

Department of Surgery, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC 20007, USA.
Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery (Impact Factor: 1.16). 03/2011; 12(4):523-5. DOI: 10.1510/icvts.2010.259564
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Due to the limited exposure, technical challenges, and postoperative pain of thoracic spine surgery, open thoracotomy and video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The modified French-window thoracotomy approach with the aid of a thoracoscope is a useful technique for approaching diseases of the anterior spinal. This approach allows for specific exposure of the spine with a reduction in postoperative pain, morbidity, and mortality and avoids the limitations of VATS.