Video Atlas : Thoracotomy approach for spinal tuberculosis

This is a surgical technique video of anterior thoracotomy approach for spinal tuberculosis. This approach was popularised by Arthur Hodgson from Hong Kong in the 1970s. As spinal tuberculosis mostly affects the anterior column, this approach provides an excellent visualisation of the pathology and allows for a direct visual on the anterior epidural abscess. This procedure has become uncommon in the last decade as most surgeons are comfortable with a posterior transpedicular approach for this pathology. A consequence of this trend is that young trainees are not exposed to this technique as frequently. Hope this surgical video can be a substitute for this inadequacy.