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Is a big scar left after thymectomy?

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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not always

Many thymectomies can be done minimally invasively with small incisions and a high definition camera.

In brief: Not always

Many thymectomies can be done minimally invasively with small incisions and a high definition camera.
Dr. David Cooke
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Not necessarily

Modern, well trained thoracic surgeons can perform thymectomy by vats or robotic technique on appropriate candidates.
Sternotomy is not routinely required for thymectomy. This link may help: http://goo.Gl/3xxmd.

In brief: Not necessarily

Modern, well trained thoracic surgeons can perform thymectomy by vats or robotic technique on appropriate candidates.
Sternotomy is not routinely required for thymectomy. This link may help: http://goo.Gl/3xxmd.
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Dr. Barry Press
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Not necessarily

Thymectomy used to be done through a large scar: e.
g. Splitting the sternum as is done for open heart surgery. Recently, however, some thoracic surgeons have been doing some thymectomies endoscopically, which leaves a much smaller scar.

In brief: Not necessarily

Thymectomy used to be done through a large scar: e.
g. Splitting the sternum as is done for open heart surgery. Recently, however, some thoracic surgeons have been doing some thymectomies endoscopically, which leaves a much smaller scar.
Dr. Barry Press
Dr. Barry Press
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