What is Thoracotomy?

Category: Surgeries

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Thoracotomy is an incision into the pleural space of the chest. It is done to gain access to the thoracic area.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
adenocarcinoma (non-small cell lung cancer) 2 0
acute pneumothorax 1 0
carcinoid tumor 1 0
cardiac tamponade 1 0
Cysts 1 0
empyema 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 0

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Thoracotomy

Side effect Patients
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 2
chronic pain syndrome 1
Coughing while drinking 1
Pain 1

Duration

Currently having Thoracotomy

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped having Thoracotomy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 0
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 1
Not specified 0
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