Transaxillary minithoracotomy: the optimal approach for certain pulmonary and mediastinal lesions

Ann Thorac Surg. 1976 Sep;22(3):254-9. doi: 10.1016/s0003-4975(10)64912-0.


This report concerns the use of transaxillary thoracotomy for a variety of pulmonary, pleural, and mediastinal conditions in 50 patients. Primary and metastatic carcinomas, pneumothoraces, and benign lesions such as bronchogenic cysts and neurogenic tumors can be identified, evaluated, and treated with confidence. Reduced postoperative pain and morbidity, rapid return of arm and shoulder movements, reduced hospital stay, and excellent cosmetic result are among the advantages of this approach when compared with the usual posterolateral thoracotomy.

MeSH terms

  • Axilla
  • Humans
  • Mediastinal Diseases / surgery*
  • Posture
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative
  • Thoracic Diseases / surgery*
  • Thoracic Surgery*
  • Thorax / surgery*