Muscle-sparing anterior thoracotomy for one-stage bilateral lung volume reduction operation

Ann Thorac Surg. 1998 Aug;66(2):582-4; discussion 584-5. doi: 10.1016/s0003-4975(98)00479-2.


Bilateral lung volume reduction produces significant clinical and physiologic improvement in selected patients with end-stage emphysema. Current surgical approaches consist of median sternotomy and video-assisted thoracoscopy. This report describes an alternate technique of single-stage, bilateral lung volume reduction using muscle-sparing anterior thoracotomy in 18 patients with severe lung emphysema.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Methods
  • Pectoralis Muscles
  • Pneumonectomy / methods*
  • Pulmonary Emphysema / surgery*
  • Sternum / surgery*