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Why do surgeons go through the chest to do surgery on the spine?

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In brief: Varies

Some done posterior-back.
If the disc or spine problem is toward the front, the anterior neck, or chest, or abdominal approach is very helpful to get good exposure.

In brief: Varies

Some done posterior-back.
If the disc or spine problem is toward the front, the anterior neck, or chest, or abdominal approach is very helpful to get good exposure.
Dr. Creighton Wright
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Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Anterior 4 T-spine

2 get 2 the t-spine 4 front approach they need 2 go thru the chest.
Very hard to get 2 anterior t-spine pathology from a posterior approach.

In brief: Anterior 4 T-spine

2 get 2 the t-spine 4 front approach they need 2 go thru the chest.
Very hard to get 2 anterior t-spine pathology from a posterior approach.
Dr. Peter Ihle
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Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Anterior approach

Whether the surgeon goes in through the back or through the chest, front of the neck or abdomen depends upon where the spinal problem resides.
Your surgeon will do scans to determine where the problem resides and then he will have to make a decision of what is the best and safest way for him to approach the issue.

In brief: Anterior approach

Whether the surgeon goes in through the back or through the chest, front of the neck or abdomen depends upon where the spinal problem resides.
Your surgeon will do scans to determine where the problem resides and then he will have to make a decision of what is the best and safest way for him to approach the issue.
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery

In brief: Depends

There are numerous approaches to the spine.
Typically, the chosen approach is determined by the location of the pathology and the safest approach to deal with it.

In brief: Depends

There are numerous approaches to the spine.
Typically, the chosen approach is determined by the location of the pathology and the safest approach to deal with it.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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