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CTSNet Step-by-Step Series: Posterolateral Thoracotomy
Jayakumar S, Papoulidis P, Nardini M, Harling L, Dunning J, Paul I. CTSNet Step-by-Step Series: Posterolateral Thoracotomy. October 2018. doi:10.25373/ctsnet.7137905.
This video demonstrates a posterolateral thoracotomy. The authors detail the procedure in a step-by-step fashion, using diagrams and surgical video to illustrate key technical elements. This video also shows a muscle-sparing approach to the posterolateral thoracotomy, preserving the serratus anterior. If a muscle-sparing approach is not desired, then the serratus muscle may simply be divided entirely during the muscular division step.
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