Minimally invasive thoracic corpectomy: Surgical strategies for malignancy, trauma, and complex spinal pathologies

Rohan R. Lall, Zachary A. Smith, Albert P. Wong, Daniel Miller, Richard G. Fessler*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The rapid expansion of minimally invasive techniques for corpectomy in the thoracic spine provides promise to redefine treatment options in this region. Techniques have evolved permitting anterior, lateral, posterolateral, and midline posterior corpectomy in a minimally invasive fashion. We review the numerous techniques that have been described, including thoracoscopy, tubular retraction, and various instrumentation techniques. Minimally invasive techniques are compared to their open predecessors from a technical and complication standpoint. Advantages and disadvantages of different approaches are also considered, with an emphasis on surgical strategies and nuance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number213791
JournalMinimally Invasive Surgery
Volume2012
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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