An anterolateral thoracotomy involves an incision that is made under the breast. This provides access to the chest cavity for surgery.
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Conditions Treated with Anterolateral Thoracotomy:
An anterolateral thoracotomy is performed in cases of a biopsy or chest surgery.
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.