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Single-incision belly-button surgery to remove kidney performed first at UT Southwestern
Date:8/23/2007

oscopic entry points at the umbilicus.

The umbilicus is a circle. We put three holes next to each other one at 12 oclock, one at three oclock, and one at six oclock. I then connected the three of them together to make the hole large enough to take the kidney out, Dr. Cadeddu said.

Most people have two kidneys, one on each side of the spine just above the waist. Each kidney is about the size of a small adult fist.

Tumors and a rare kidney cancer, called transitional cell cancer, are the primary reasons for kidney removal. Historically, kidneys have been removed through an 8- to 10-inch incision from the middle of the abdomen to the back.

Dr. Cadeddu said he believes the success of this new laparoscopic procedure and others like it are imperative as more physicians explore their options concerning natural orifice surgery.

We can now perform procedures using only one opening in the body, which can be hidden in a cosmetically advantageous or less painful location, Dr. Cadeddu said. Our efforts to minimize invasive surgery led us to reduce the incision to a single hole.


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Contact: Erin Prather Stafford
erin.pratherstafford@utsouthwestern.edu
214-648-3404
UT Southwestern Medical Center
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