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Thymectomy: A thymectomy is the surgical removal of the thymus gland, which lies behind the sternum (breastbone). A sternotomy or cervical approach may be used to access the sternum; an alternative approach is video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery.

Diseases And Conditions Treated: Thymectomy

These diseases and conditions may be treated with the surgical procedure Thymectomy:

Other Surgical Options: Thymectomy

Surgical procedure options to consider as an alternative for Thymectomy may include these surgeries:

  • Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)

Anesthetic Requirements for Thymectomy

These surgical anesthetic requirements for the procedure Thymectomy may include:

Procedure Complications: Thymectomy

Possible surgical complications of Thymectomy may include:

Prognosis for a Good Outcome: Thymectomy

The prognosis for a good medical outcome: The prognosis is good; however, muscle weakness due to myasthenia gravis may not subside for many months or even years.

Thymectomy: Recovery Time

Recovery period for Thymectomy: Two weeks to three months (for sternotomy).

Descriptions of Thymectomy

Thymectomy : surgical removal of the thymus gland.
Source: CRISP

Thymectomy: Other Names

Other names for this medical surgical procedures (Thymectomy) include:

  • Removal of the thymus

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