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Hospital Clínic conducts the first kidney extraction through the vagina in Europe
Date:3/31/2008

This is the first time this intervention has been conducted in Europe, and the second in the world. Thanks to the work of the expert group of Hospital Clnic de Barcelona, the extirpation of a kidney ‒affected by a malignant tumour‒ through the vagina has been achieved. This fact sets a milestone in the framework of minimally invasive surgery. The operation, presented this morning in a press conference, uses several cutting edge technology instruments of advanced surgery.

The medical group of Hospital Clnic which has made possible the first European extraction of a kidney through the vagina has been led by Dr. Antonio Alcaraz, head of the Urology Unit; Dr. M Jos Ribal, specialist in Urology and Dr. Alejandro Molina, resident physician of Urology. This intervention had also the collaboration of Dra. Concepcion Monsalve, anaesthesiologist, Mrs. Ana Palacio, instrumentist, and Dr. Francesc Carmona, Head of Gynaecology of the same centre.

Transvaginal nephrectomy is a technique permitting kidney extraction with only two small incisions in the abdomen of approximately 1 cm each. Furthermore, another non visible incision is done in the internal part of the vagina, where the kidney is extracted. This innovation makes possible that the operated patient has a short and less painful post-operatory and minimises the aesthetic impact of the operation, since it does not cause visible abdominal scars.

Until now, urology specialists of Hospital Clnic have put their hopes in nephrectomy assisted by laparoscopy as the technique used for the surgical treatment of these pathologies; a revolutionary and strong technique which has achieved notable results during the last six years and that has permitted to improve patient care regarding post-operation pain and hospital stay. Nevertheless, apart from the explained advantages, laparoscopy still requires, as occurs in traditional surgery, an abdominal i
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Contact: Marc de Semir
mdesemir@clinic.ub.es
34-932-275-700
IDIBAPS - Institut d'Investigacions Biomdiques August Pi i Sunyer
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