WHAT HAPPENS DURING A LIVING KIDNEY DONOR TRANSPLANT?
This is also called keyhole surgery. The surgeon inserts special instruments into the living donor’s abdoment through three small cuts (also called incisions). A thin tube with a video camera on the tip (called a laparoscope) is inserted into the donors abdoment. This allows the surgeon to see inside the living donor’s body.
The kidney is collected in one of two ways:
- Endo catch – a drawstring bag is used to catch the kidney and draw it out of their body through a small cut about 10-12 cm long
- Handport – the surgeon’s hand is used to remove the kidney