Concomitant surgery with laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy

Ernesto P. Molmenti, Peter A. Pinto, Robert A. Montgomery, Li Ming Su, Edward Kraus, Matthew Cooper, Christopher J. Sonnenday, Andrew S. Klein, Louis R. Kavoussi, Lloyd E. Ratner

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Routine live donor evaluations reveal unexpected silent pathologies. Herein, we describe our experience treating such pathologies at the time of laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. We have not encountered any previous reports of such an approach. We prospectively collected data on 321 donors. Concomitant surgeries at the time of procurement included two laparoscopic adrenalectomies, one colposuspension, one laparoscopic cholecystectomy, and one liver biopsy. Mean operative time was 321 min (range 230-380), with a mean blood loss of 280 mL (range 150-500). No blood transfusions were required. The left kidney was procured in four cases. The right kidney was obtained on one occasion. Mean hospital stay was 3 days (median 3, range 2-4). No short- or longterm complications have been identified. Mean follow-up time was 2.63 years (median 2.76, range 2.23-2.99). Four of the five kidney recipients were firsttime transplants who had not yet started dialysis. Simultaneous surgical interventions at the time of laparoscopic live kidney donation are safe and can be undertaken in selected cases. This practice is beneficial to both the donor and the recipient, and is likely to become more commonplace with changing practice patterns involving donor evaluation and management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-223
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2003


  • Adrenal
  • Concomitant
  • Kidney transplantation
  • Laparoscopy
  • Live donors
  • Minimally invasive

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Transplantation
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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