Surgeons at a hospital in the United States (US) have performed the world’s first robotic single-port kidney transplant.
The Cleveland Clinic is reporting that the procedure took place in October and was carried out by a surgical team from the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute in Cleveland.
During the surgery, the team created a small 4 cm abdominal incision and used the single-port robot to prepare the site for the donor kidney, connect blood vessels and reconstruct urinary drainage.
Last year, the first robotic single-port prostatectomy and kidney cancer surgery in the US were carried out at the facility. The Cleveland Clinic says this latest surgical technique provides evidence that the single-port approach is feasible not only for patients with cancer but also for patients who are in need of a kidney transplant.
“The robotic single-port approach is very promising,” said Dr Alvin Wee, surgical director of Renal Transplantation. “We are looking forward to continuing to refine this technique and our team is optimistic that this minimally invasive surgery can add to our range of options for kidney transplantation."