An axillary thoracotomy is an incision made under the arm so that the chest cavity can be accessed for surgery.
Also Known As:
- Thoracotomy axillary approach
Conditions Treated with Axillary Thoracotomy:
Axillary thoracotomy is utilized to perform chest surgery or a biopsy.
There are no comparable non-surgical alternatives to axillary thoracotomy. Surgical alternatives to the procedure include posterolateral thoracotomy, anterolateral thoracotomy, intercostal thoracotomy and median sternotomy.
Anesthesia with Axillary Thoracotomy:
Axillary thoracotomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Axillary Thoracotomy:
Possible risks following axillary thoracotomy include infection, bleeding, scarring and a negative reaction to the anesthesia.
Recovery from Axillary Thoracotomy:
The total recovery time after axillary thoracotomy is six to eight weeks.