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Ochsner 1st in Louisiana to use Robotics in Living-Donor Kidney Transplant for Faster Recovery
Date:7/14/2009

ys, reducing incisions and improving donor recovery, and robotics has elevated the procurement process even further. "This is the next level of technology," says Cohen. "Moving forward, we anticipate procuring all living-donor kidneys with the help of robotics." This technology isn't limited to certain individuals; anyone who is a candidate to donate a kidney is a candidate for this procedure.

According to United National Organ Sharing (UNOS), currently over 1,600 people in Louisiana and 80,000 nationwide are on kidney transplant waiting lists. "Hopefully this advancement, with the reduced impact it has on donors and improved transplant precision, will encourage more people to consider living-related kidney donations," remarks Cohen.

New Orleans-based Ochsner Medical Center has some of the nation's shortest wait times and highest success rates for kidney transplantation. Since its inception, the Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute has performed over 3,400 life-saving transplants. It is a Medicare approved transplant center for heart, liver and kidney, a Center of Excellence for most insurers, carries the Blue Distinction Centers for transplant, and has hotel accommodations on the premises. For more information, call Ochsner's 24-hour Transplant Hotline at 1-800-643-1635.


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