Procedure

Thoracotomy- Cardiology

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A Thoracotomy is a surgical procedure to gain access into the pleural space of the chest. 

It is performed by surgeons (or emergency physicians under certain circumstances) to gain access to the thoracic organs, most commonly the heart, the lungs, or the esophagus, or for access to the thoracic aorta or the anterior spine (the latter may be necessary to access tumors in the spine). The purpose of a thoracotomy is the first step used to facilitate thoracic surgeries including lobectomy or pneumonectomy for lung cancer or to gain thoracic access in major trauma.

To read about Thoracotomy as one of the treatment options for Lung Cancer, please click here.

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