Minimally Invasive Video-Assisted Kidney Transplantation

Seong-Hwan Kim, Seong-Pyo Mun
2006 Journal of the Korean Medical Association  
M inimally invasive surgery (MIS) has been applied to nearly all fields of surgery due to its advantages like reduced morbidity, a better cosmetic outcome and early recovery. The recent advances in its technique have allowed us to use modified MIS technique in the field of kidney transplantation. From January 2004 to Mar 2006, minimally invasive kidney transplantation was carried out in 20 patients. Many clinical variables were compared to the conventional method. The operative procedure began
more » ... ith 7~8cm skin incision. A laparoscopic balloon dissector was used to create the retroperitoneal space for the placement of the grafted kidney. Vascular anastomosis and ureteroneocystostomy were performed under direct vision and with video assisted TV monitoring. The average length of the wound was 7.8 cm and it was placed below the belt line. The average operating time was 186 minutes. Less analgesic was given compared to conventional methods. There was one postoperative complication, a mild lymphocele. All patients showed normalized serum creatinine levels within 4 days. All grafted kidneys showed normal findings on the postoperative ultrasound and renal scans. Minimally invasive video assisted kidney transplantation is technically feasible and may offer benefits in terms of better cosmetic outcomes, less pain and quicker recuperation than conventional kidney transplantation. Abstract 1155
doi:10.5124/jkma.2006.49.12.1154 fatcat:gi73sw427feifigxkkldwh6slq