Chest reconstruction

 

Chest wall reconstruction involves surgical procedures that aim to protect internal organs, achieve adequate separation of the chest and abdomen, maintenance of pleural waterproofing and ventilatory physiology, skeletal stabilization, while preserving the chest aesthetic contour. In minor resections, stabilization may not be important and simple soft tissue coverage allows for a satisfactory result. In larger resections, prosthesis may be necessary to replace the semi-rigid structure of the thoracic skeleton, and reconstruction with vascularized flaps in order to obliterate the dead space.

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