Kidney transplantation part 38

Kidney 13



During surgery

Laparoscopic nephrectomy

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

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