Mini-open lateral retropleural thoracic discectomy approach

Neurosurg Focus Video. 2022 Jul 1;7(1):V2. doi: 10.3171/2022.3.FOCVID2217. eCollection 2022 Jul.


The lateral retropleural approach provides an eloquent, mini-open, safe corridor to address various pathologies in the thoracolumbar spine, including herniated thoracic discs. Traditional approaches (e.g., transpedicular, costotransversectomy, or transthoracic) have their own benefits and pitfalls but are generally associated with significant morbidity and often require instrumentation. In this video, the authors highlight the retropleural approach and its nuances, including patient positioning, surgical planning, relevant anatomy, surgical technique, and postoperative care. The video can be found here:

Keywords: lateral retropleural approach; mini-open approach; thoracic disc herniation.