BACKGROUND: Thoracic sarcomas are rare, and resection can leave behind defects that require significant reconstruction by the multidisciplinary surgical team. The aim of this study is to review the experience of our regional referral centre with primary thoracic tumor resection and thoracic reconstruction.
METHODS: We have reviewed the treatment of all chest wall tumors resected at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Western Australia over a 5-year period. There were 11 cases in total that involved removal of deep muscle, ribs and/or sternum.
RESULTS: In the six cases that required bony resection, the surgical team utilized a Gore-Tex (e-PTFE) mesh prosthesis to allow immediate closure of the defect, whilst five other closures were achievable using primary layered closure alone. Four patients had postoperative complications, including one who required prosthesis removal. Mean length of hospital stay was 5 days. No 30-day or 6-month mortality was recorded. All patients were followed-up for a minimum of 24 months, and all patients were alive and free of disease at their most recent follow-up.
CONCLUSIONS: This study concurs with previous literature indicating that thoracic tumor resection and immediate reconstruction often involving use of prosthetic mesh is a safe and effective one stage surgical procedure for a variety of chest wall defects with low postoperative morbidity.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Organizational Psychology Review|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|