The left thoracoabdominal incision is approaching its first century of use. Its history is reviewed. The incision provides wide exposure of the spleen, stomach, left hemidiaphragm, aorta, and esophagus; exposure is not limited to the distal esophagus. Because of the superb exposure it offers, its wide clinical application, and its overall safety, the thoracoabdominal incision should continue to be a viable surgical option in current thoracic surgical practice.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine