Live Donor Laparoscopic Kidney Transplant
What is Laparoscopic Surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery is performed by inflating the abdomen with gas, usually carbon dioxide, which creates a space between the wall of the abdomen and the organs inside.
Using short incisions in the skin, narrow tubes are inserted through the abdominal wall so that instruments can be slid through them to perform the maneuvers necessary for the operation. All this is viewed directly on a video monitor which receives its picture from a video camera attached to the laparoscope.
Using these techniques, operation on the gallbladder, stomach, intestines, kidney, and other organs is possible.
Laparoscopic Kidney Removal
Using narrow instruments inserted through tiny punctures no more than a ½ inch long it is now possible for the surgeon to free up the kidney and tie off the blood vessels. A short incision about 2 ½ inches long is made to remove the kidney. The site on the abdominal wall depends on the kidney to be donated because the donor is positioned on the operating table with the chosen kidney uppermost. The place is selected for cosmetic considerations and reduced disturbance to the muscles underneath in order to minimize pain.