Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery combined with a tubular retractor system for minimally invasive thoracic discectomy.

@article{Yanni2011VideoassistedTS,
  title={Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery combined with a tubular retractor system for minimally invasive thoracic discectomy.},
  author={Daniel S. Yanni and Cliff P. Connery and Noel I. Perin},
  journal={Neurosurgery},
  year={2011},
  volume={68 1 Suppl Operative},
  pages={
          138-43; discussion 143
        }
}
BACKGROUND Several approaches have been proposed for the treatment of thoracic disc herniations. Posterior approaches include transpedicular, costotransversectomy, and lateral extracavitary; anterior approaches include retropleural and transpleural thoracotomy and thoracoscopy. OBJECTIVE We present a novel minimally invasive approach to thoracic discectomies, combining thoracoscopy and a tubular retractor system. We discuss the utility and safety of this technique. METHODS The patient is… CONTINUE READING