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Left sided thoracotomy T3-L1/2

Thoracic and lumbar pathologies: Left sided thoracotomy (T3-L1/2)

Sometimes, one rib has to be removed for access to the involved vertebra. The rib is dissected subperiosteally and then cut from the posterior angle to as far anteriorly as possible avoiding injury to the neurovascular bundle. The rib is saved for subsequent bone grafting.