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

Elizabeth David, Ann C. Gaffey, Robert Bryan Mason, Margaret Blair Marshall

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)523-525
Number of pages3
JournalInteractive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Morbidity
  • Spine
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Thoracotomy
  • Video-assisted

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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