Thoracotomy and Sternotomy

  • Joachim PfannschmidtEmail author
Part of the Springer Surgery Atlas Series book series (SPRISURGERY)


Selecting the adequate surgical incision is of paramount importance to provide optimal access to expose the organs requiring operative attention and to enhance surgical performance. A key requirement to make an operation simple is good exposure with excellent light. The choice of surgical incision depends on the surgical procedure being planned, the surgical field, and anatomic considerations. Although there are situations in which optimal exposure cannot be achieved initially, it may be necessary later in the surgical procedure. This chapter discusses and illustrates the standard incisions used in thoracic surgery.


Posterolateral Thoracotomy Dependent Lung Bronchial Stump Bilateral Lung Transplantation Anterior Thoracotomy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Thoracic SurgeryLung Clinic Heckeshorn, Helios Emil von BehringBerlinGermany

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