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Minimal scar techniques in living donors for kidney transplant
Date:8/4/2011

Transplant Organization (OCATT) notes that "the Hospital Clnic and its surgical transplant team turn Catalonia again into a model for the rest the world, making a brilliant and pioneer step forward in surgical techniques that will minimize the physical injury due to a living donor renal extraction and make the recovery process easier".

Strong commitment with minimally invasive surgery

Since conventional open surgery gave way to laparoscopy-assisted surgery - requiring three, four and even five incisions -, pelvic and abdominal cavity surgeons together with robotics experts, investigate new ways to get into the body to explore structures, diagnose diseases and remove organs. Hospital Clnic of Barcelona supports minimally invasive surgery, as shown in today's presentation, and has consolidated its application in living donor transplant.

In 2008 the team led by Dr. Alcaraz performed in Spain the first transumbilical nephrectomy of this kind 85 years cancer diagnosed lady. Three days after the operation the patient went home without problems.

It is the same team that in 2007 performed the first European transvaginal nephrectomy applied to the treatment of a kidney cancer, a minimally invasive technique that made possible the removal of the affected kidney with only two 1 cm incisions in the abdomen, and another hidden one inside the vagina. Since then, Dr. Alcaraz and his team have performed amny kidney withdrawals through the vagina, a pathway that is presented today as a 100% safe and effective alternative for living donor transplants.

Only two or three years ago, Hospital Clnic of Barcelona's Urologists used laparoscopy assisted nephrectomy as the reference technique for the surgical treatment of these pathologies. Although it was a revolutionary and well known technique, which has achieved great results over the past eight years and has improved patient care in terms of postoperative pain and hospit
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Contact: Mara Trenzado
trenzado@clinic.ub.es
0034-932-275-799
IDIBAPS - Institut d'Investigacions Biomdiques August Pi i Sunyer
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