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Minimally invasive adult liver donation for pediatric transplantation available exclusively
Date:2/1/2010

NEW YORK (February 1, 2010) -- NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital is the only medical center in the United States to offer minimally invasive liver donation for pediatric transplantation. Surgeons use a laparoscopic technique to remove a section of liver from a living donor for implantation in a pediatric patient -- typically a parent donating to their child. The innovative approach promises dramatically improved recovery for the donor.

The laparoscopic liver retrieval is offered by Dr. Benjamin Samstein, a transplant surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, and assistant professor of surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Standard pediatric liver implantation is led by Dr. Tomoaki Kato, surgical director of liver and intestinal transplantation at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and professor of surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

"Despite its many advantages and superb track record, living donor transplantation involving a child and their parent can have a debilitating effect on the family. Since the standard adult organ donor surgery involves a long recovery, it can impede a parent's ability to care for their recently transplanted child," says Dr. Kato. "Laparoscopy promises to significantly shorten recovery. If the approach catches on, it could potentially revolutionize living donor transplantation for children by encouraging more donors, increasing the availability of organs and improving outcomes."

"Standard open organ retrieval requires a foot-long incision from the breast bone to the belly button. Recovery is two to three months. By contrast, in laparoscopy, we make five small incisions, the largest of which is three inches. The donor is typically completely back to normal only a month after surgery," says Dr. Samstein.'/>"/>

Contact: Jennifer Homa
jeh9057@nyp.org
212-305-5587
New York- Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
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