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Hand-assisted laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. Ascending the learning curve

Hand-assisted laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. Ascending the learning curve

Surgical Endoscopy 15(5): 442-444

The hand-assisted approach to laparoscopic donor nephrectomy (LDN) might minimize the learning curve and shorten both the operation and the warm ischemia time. Our initial results from hand-assisted LDN are presented and compared with data from the literature. From January to September 2000, ten hand-assisted LDNs of the right kidney were performed. The median operation time was 140 min (range, 120-400 min), and the warm ischemia time was 2.5 min (range, 1-4 min). There were no conversions. Postoperative morbidity included one urinary tract infection. All but one patient returned to a normal diet within 48 h. Opiates were needed a maximum of 48 h. One recipient experienced initial loss of graft function as a result of unknown causes. Even at the beginning of the learning curve, operation time and warm ischemia time are significantly reduced by the hand-assisted approach, as compared with conventional LDN.

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PMID: 11353956

DOI: 10.1007/s004640090091

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