Laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy: The initial 3 cases

Peter G. Schulam, Louis R. Kavoussi, Adam D. Cheriff, Timothy D. Averch, Robert Montgomery, Robert G. Moore, Lloyd E. Ratner

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Abstract

Purpose: Successful laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy in 3 patients is described. Materials and Methods: The procedures were performed completely laparoscopically and the kidneys were extracted via 8 cm. infraumbilical incisions. Results: In all 3 cases warm ischemic time was less than 5 minutes, and the renal vessels and ureter of the harvested kidneys were of adequate length for routine transplantation. Donors required minimal postoperative parenteral analgesia and were discharged home 1 to 3 days after the procedure. All harvested kidneys were successfully transplanted, and functioned well initially and at hospital discharge. Conclusions: Laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy may be an alternative surgical modality to conventional open nephrectomy. Advantages include less postoperative pain, shorter hospital stay and convalescence, and a more desirable cosmetic result. Additionally, these advantages may encourage more individuals to consider live donation, resulting in an increase in organ supply.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1857-1859
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Urology
Volume155
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1996

Keywords

  • kidney transplantation
  • laparoscopy
  • nephrectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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    Schulam, P. G., Kavoussi, L. R., Cheriff, A. D., Averch, T. D., Montgomery, R., Moore, R. G., & Ratner, L. E. (1996). Laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy: The initial 3 cases. Journal of Urology, 155(6), 1857-1859. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0022-5347(01)66029-4