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WORLD'S First Robotic Assisted Kidney Transplant Performed at Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Date:6/4/2009

er to donate. Jim immediately volunteered to be tested. He turned out to be a perfect match. "The match was so perfect, people asked us if we were related. Five years ago God had us meet for a reason, and now we know why," stated Maureen.

Dr. Geffner performed the first robot assisted kidney transplant in the world on Maureen at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. He has since performed 8 other robot assisted kidney transplant surgeries.

Dr. Geffner is also the first renal transplant surgeon in the region to perform robot-assisted living donor kidney removal. However, prior to this surgery, implantation of the donor kidney into the recipient required traditional open surgery.

Dr. Geffner considers robot-assisted technology to be a remarkable surgical tool. He says, "It is an advanced form of laparoscopic surgery that allows surgeons to do precision work with less trauma to the patient." Utilizing the da Vinci Surgical System, a laparoscopic camera and robotic probes are inserted into the patient through several small incisions. Pencil-sized probes translate the surgeon's hand movements and adjust themselves to compensate for the natural tremor of the human hand. For the patient, robot-assisted surgery is safe, minimally invasive and offers faster recovery time.

Although the recovery process takes time, Maureen and Jim are both doing well. Maureen and Jim are grateful to have each other. Now as Jim reminds Maureen, "Wherever you go, you will have a piece of me inside you. We are forever linked together."

Dr. Stuart Geffner

Dr. Geffner has been has been associated with the Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division since 1995 -- most recently as part of the Department of Transplant Surgery. During this time he has helped to build the program into one of the largest kidney and pancreas transplant centers in the United States. Dr. Geffner's expertise in transplant
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