Surgery of the chest wall: indications, timing and technical aspects

Francesco Petrella, Lorenzo Spaggiari


Chest wall resection and reconstruction represent a major challenge for thoracic surgeons, both in neoplastic or non-neoplastic settings. Although many advances have been made since Clagett first reported his pioneering experience about chest wall resections for primary tumors (1), many technical aspects are still widely debated and several different techniques have been described during the years (2).