Retropleural Thoracic Approach.
The lateral retropleural thoracic approach offers minimally invasive access for the treatment of thoracic spine pathology, specifically thoracic herniated discs. Alternatives to the retropleural approach traditionally included posterolateral or anterior approaches, which carry increased morbidity. The retropleural approach affords lateral access to the thoracic spine that allows for addressing pathology such as herniated discs, corpectomy, tumor, or trauma. This article outlines preoperative workup and planning, intraoperative steps, tips, and postoperative care.
Neurosurgery clinics of North America
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Wewel, Joshua T and Uribe, Juan S., "Retropleural Thoracic Approach." (2020). Neurosurgery. 596.