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Axillary Thoracotomy

Posted On: 04-21-2015
Axillary Thoracotomy

What is Axillary Thoracotomy?

An axillary thoracotomy is an incision made under the arm so that the chest cavity can be accessed for surgery.

Also Known As:

  • Thoracotomy
  • Thoracotomy axillary approach

Conditions Treated with Axillary Thoracotomy:

Axillary thoracotomy is utilized to perform chest surgery or a biopsy.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Axillary Thoracotomy:

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.

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