Thymectomy and Aortopexy
This chapter describes the endoscopic/surgical procedure for thymectomy and aortopexy as performed by the following approaches: open and thoracoscopic. The text includes an introduction that outlines the indications, risks, alternatives, essential steps, needed equipment, and variations in technique for the procedure in question. This is followed by a template operative dictation, which provides the reader with an operative report, such as is found in a patient chart or electronic medical record. A description is provided of the following critical concepts for this procedure: thoracic access, with identification of the phrenic nerve, thymus resection, pretracheal dissection and exposure of the mediastinal anatomy, pledgeted aortopexy, and chest/wound closure.
KeywordsPediatric surgery Operative dictation Thymectomy Aortopexy Thoracoscopic
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