Ann Thorac Surg 2021 Jun 1. Epub 2021 Jun 1.
Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Washington, D.C. USA; Department of Surgery, George Washington University, Washington D.C., USA. Electronic address:
Background: Thymectomy is traditionally performed via transsternal incision, but less invasive modalities have emerged, including transcervical, thoracoscopic, and robotic approaches. Despite the advantages of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery(VATS) over thoracotomy, most thymectomies are performed via sternotomy. This study compared the utilization and 30-day post-operative outcomes of transsternal, transcervical, and VATS thymectomy in the Veterans Health Administration. Read More