Thoracic Lateral Retropleural Corpectomy

  • Gabriel Tender
  • Durga R. Sure
  • Yasser Badr
  • Clifford Crutcher
  • Lindsay Lasseigne


The thoracic retropleural corpectomy technique is somewhat easier than its’ lumbar counterpart. The approach is similar to the discectomy technique, but has to be extended to span the two discs, above and below the pathologic vertebral body. This technique does require resection of a short rib segment, but does not mandate lung deflation. Supplemental fixation with either a lateral plate or posterior pedicle screws is recommended.

Supplementary material

Video 16.1

T12 corpectomy (MP4 39170 kb)

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T7–T8 corpectomy (MP4 41327 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabriel Tender
    • 1
  • Durga R. Sure
    • 2
  • Yasser Badr
    • 3
  • Clifford Crutcher
    • 4
  • Lindsay Lasseigne
    • 4
  1. 1.Louisiana State UniversityNew OrleansUSA
  2. 2.Essentia HealthDuluthUSA
  3. 3.Badr Brain and SpineLos AngelesUSA
  4. 4.Department of NeurosurgeryLouisiana State University Health Sciences CenterNew OrleansUSA

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