What is Thoracotomy?

Category: Surgeries


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
Acute Pneumothorax 1 0
Adenocarcinoma (Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer) 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 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 0

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Thoracotomy

Side effect Patients
Coughing while drinking 1
Pain 1


Currently having Thoracotomy

Duration Patients
2 years or more 1

Stopped having Thoracotomy

Duration Patients
0-1 month 5
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Thoracotomy.