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

al stay, laparoscopy still requires, as in traditional surgery, an abdominal incision to remove the kidney, leaving a scar of approximately 6 centimeters.

Unlike laparoscopy, transvaginal and transumbilical nephrectomy use the vaginal opening and the umbilicus, respectively, to remove kidneys. This technique has managed to avoid external scars and improved patient care, with decreased postoperative pain and a hospital stay under 48 hours. This milestone was possible thanks to an intensive program of research in experimental surgery developed by the Hospital Clnic Urology Department.

With the development of this type of surgery, Hospital Clnic of Barcelona strengthens its position as a reference center for the exploration of new strategies of image-guided surgery. The NOTES program is a revolution with the sole purpose of benefitting the patient with reduced recovery time, reduced pain and no external consequences.

Catalonia, a leader in living donor transplants

OCATT believes the new surgical technique one of many recent successes for Catalonia, a pioneer in transplant organizational model since 1984 and in all types of corneal tissue (1926) and bone marrow (1970) and solid organ transplant: kidney and pancreas (1965 and 1983 in the Clinic), liver and heart (1984 by Bellvitge and Sant Pau hospitals respectively), and lung cancer (1990 at the Hospital Vall d'Hebron).

Catalonia performed, until late 2000s, almost 100% of Spanish living donor transplants through the Hospital Clinic and Puigvert Foundation teams. The OCATT strategic plan approved by the CatSalut in 2004 wanted to increase donation and reduce waiting lists by prioritizing living donor transplantation and heart-beating donation. This strategy, along with a strict control of the effectiveness of the process, facilitated an increase in the number of kidney transplants in Catalonia becoming the main Spanish performer together with the highest
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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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