Surgical instruments were used in the operation performed on October 14 and the donor kidney inserted them through a small abdominal incision.
The urological team at the Glickman Institute of Urology and Kidney includes Dr. Jihad Kauk, director of the Center for Robotic and Imaging Surgery; Alvin Wee, M.D., Surgical Director of Kidney Transplantation; Mohamed Eltemamy, M.D .; David Goldfarb, M.D .; and Eric Miller, MD
According to a report from the Cleveland Clinic, during surgery, the surgical team created a small incision four inches across the patient's abdomen. The surgeon then uses the single-port robot to prepare the donor site for the donor, connect the blood vessels, and finally reconstruct the drainage of the urine before sewing the incision.
"The purpose was not only to make a smaller incision, i.e. but also to minimize the area in which the surgery was performed by limiting the number of incisions within the patient, "said Dr. Cauke. "This resulted in minimal postoperative pain and no need for opioids after surgery."
Dr. Cauck and his team were the first in the country to successfully perform robotic single-port prostatectomy and kidney cancer surgery in September 2018. "We look forward to further refining this technique and our team is optimistic that this minimally invasive surgery can add to our range of kidney transplant options."
The surgical team stated that this method reduces pain and need after opioid surgery after surgery.
Just last week, the Cleveland Clinic announced that it had successfully performed the first pure laparoscopic surgery on a Midwest living donor for liver transplantation in an adult recipient.
The laparoscopic procedure is performed with surgical instruments and a camera inserted through several half-inch holes in the abdomen of the living donor.
The procedure is minimally invasive and the Clinic says it is beneficial for the living donor since recovery after op is faster.
More about the procedure here: