Meic H. Schmidt, MD
Department of Neurosurgery, Clinical Neurosciences Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
The management of metastatic spine disease is complex, but usually involves radiation therapy and/or surgical treatment. Surgery followed by radiation has a significant role in select patients presenting with metastatic spinal cord compression. This video illustrates a thoracoscopic transdiaphragmatic approach for symptomatic L-1 metastatic spinal cord compression. The step-by-step technique illustrates operative nuances and surgical pearls to safely perform this approach in a patient with thoracolumbar L-1 metastatic spinal cord compression.