Transthoracic approaches to thoracic disc herniations

Neurosurg Focus. 2000 Oct 15;9(4):e8. doi: 10.3171/foc.2000.9.4.8.

Abstract

The transthoracic approach to herniated thoracic discs is an important procedure in the management of these uncommonly encountered lesions. Whereas posterior and posterolateral microsurgical approaches and thoracoscopic procedures have been widely advocated in the recent neurosurgical literature, the transthoracic operation continues to offer significant advantages in appropriately selected cases. The authors discuss the preoperative considerations, relevant anatomical structures, and surgical technique.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Calcinosis / complications
  • Calcinosis / physiopathology
  • Diskectomy / methods*
  • Diskectomy / standards
  • Diskectomy / trends
  • Dura Mater / injuries
  • Dura Mater / pathology
  • Dura Mater / surgery
  • Humans
  • Intervertebral Disc / anatomy & histology
  • Intervertebral Disc / pathology
  • Intervertebral Disc / surgery*
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement / diagnosis
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement / physiopathology
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement / surgery*
  • Patient Selection
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology
  • Postoperative Complications / physiopathology
  • Postoperative Complications / prevention & control
  • Preoperative Care
  • Thoracic Cavity / anatomy & histology
  • Thoracic Cavity / surgery*
  • Thoracic Vertebrae / anatomy & histology
  • Thoracic Vertebrae / pathology
  • Thoracic Vertebrae / surgery*
  • Thoracotomy / methods*
  • Thoracotomy / standards
  • Thoracotomy / trends