thoracotomy


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tho·ra·cot·o·my

 (thôr′ə-kŏt′ə-mē)
n. pl. tho·ra·cot·o·mies
Surgical incision of the chest wall.

[Latin thōrāx, thōrāc-, thorax + -tomy.]

thoracotomy

(ˌθɔːrəˈkɒtəmɪ)
n, pl -mies
(Surgery) surgical incision into the thorax

tho•ra•cot•o•my

(ˌθɔr əˈkɒt ə mi, ˌθoʊr-)

n., pl. -mies.
surgical incision into the chest cavity.
[1855–60; < Greek thōrāk-, s. of thṓrāx chest + -o- + -tomy]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thoracotomy - surgical incision into the chest walls opening up the pleural cavity
surgical incision, incision, section - the cutting of or into body tissues or organs (especially by a surgeon as part of an operation)
Translations
thoracotomie

tho·ra·cot·o·my

n. toracotomía, incisión de la pared torácica.

thoracotomy

n (pl -mies) toracotomía
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He underwent removal of the infected mesh, preservation of the latissimus dorsi with creation of an intercostal muscle flap, decortication and lysis of adhesions by left thoracotomy, and gastroscopy.
In this case, removal of the sac through a cervical approach was possible, avoiding the need for a thoracotomy, as has been previously reported.
The Company reported that the implant starts a European study that seeks to assess outcomes and complications of using less invasive surgical placement through hemi-sternotomy and left thoracotomy techniques.
Pump -- currently the smallest commercialized full-support device -- and is designed to be implanted through a less-invasive thoracotomy technique.
The implant signals the start of a European study to evaluate outcomes and complications using less-invasive surgical placement through hemi-sternotomy (another surgical approach for chest access) and left thoracotomy techniques.
Normally you would have to have a big thoracotomy, which is very painful, and you can be out of action for up to six weeks, but with this endoscopic technique patients can be back home within two to four days.
Normally you would have to have a big thoracotomy which is very painful and you can be out of action for up to six weeks but, with this endoscopic technique, patients can be back home within two to four days.
The court heard emergency services acted immediately and had 10 staff waiting to receive the victim at the Royal Liverpool Hospital where the victim underwent an emergency thoracotomy.
The patient underwent coil embolization of the left IMA to control the hemorrhage and thoracotomy for evacuation of the hematoma.
The findings also are supported by a prior between-subjects study in thoracotomy patients in which active and placebo treatments were labeled truthfully, equivocally, or untruthfully, suggesting that medication and information may be equally critical for pain relief, they said.
We did a minimal access anterio-axillary thoracotomy with an incision, seven inches long, just below the nipple.
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