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Right sided thoracotomy (T3-T10)

Thoracic and lumbar pathologies: Right sided thoracotomy (T3-T10)

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.