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Right sided thoracotomy (T3-T10)

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

Skin Incision

A right sided thoracotomy can be used to perform a decompression of levels T3-T10.

The incision is carried out from postero-superiorly around the angle of the scapula, obliquely sloping to antero-inferiorly.

The length of the incision depends on many factors eg, number, location, and pathology, obesity of the patient, previous thoracic operations, etc. 

It is necessary to confirm the correct level of the approach with fluoroscopy.