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Anterolateral Thoracotomy

Posted On: 04-28-2015
Anterolateral Thoracotomy

What is an Anterolateral Thoracotomy?

An anterolateral thoracotomy involves an incision that is made under the breast. This provides access to the chest cavity for surgery.

Also Known As:

  • Chest surgery

Conditions Treated with Anterolateral Thoracotomy:

An anterolateral thoracotomy is performed in cases of a biopsy or chest surgery.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Anterolateral Thoracotomy:

There are no comparable non-surgical alternatives to an anterolateral thoracotomy. Surgical alternatives include intercostal thoracotomy, axillary thoracotomy, posterolateral thoracotomy and a median sternotomy.

Anesthesia with Anterolateral Thoracotomy:

An anterolateral thoracotomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Anterolateral Thoracotomy:

Possible risks following anterolateral thoracotomy include infection, bleeding, scarring and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience nerve damage and for a lung to collapse.

Recovery from Anterolateral Thoracotomy:

Recovery after anterolateral thoracotomy is six to eight weeks.

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