Thoractomy - definition of thoractomy by The Free Dictionary
Surgical opening of the chest wall, either between the ribs or by splitting the breastbone, to gain access to lungs and heart.
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After a few hours of stabilisation, our patient underwent a right thoractomy
One from a thoractomy
from two years ago for me, one also from two years ago and my son was uninsured because he had a "pre-existing condition" from when he was born nine years ago.