Video-assisted paraspinal approach for the stabilization of the complex spine

Gaetano Rocco, Luca Serra, Farrokh Mehrabi-Kermani, Sergio Setola

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Access to complex conditions of the thoracic spine and of the posterior mediastinum offers significant challenges, especially if the surgeon wishes to comply with the principles of minimal invasiveness. We report a successful vertical, paraspinal incision along with the subperiosteal removal of the overlying 2-cm rib segments combined with video assistance through single-access video-assisted thoracic surgery to perform a total T6 and partial T7 corpectomy for a metastatic multiple myeloma in a 50-year old man. This approach appears to provide excellent exposure and minimal morbidity when a reliable approach to the complex spine is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)585-587
Number of pages3
JournalInteractive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012


  • Chest wall
  • Mediastinum
  • Spine
  • Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Surgery


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