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Handport-assisted laparoscopic living-donor nephrectomy; initial experience in Taiwan

Handport-assisted laparoscopic living-donor nephrectomy; initial experience in Taiwan

Transplant International 15(11): 574-577

The feasibility of handport-assisted laparoscopic living-donor nephrectomy in Taiwan was assessed by comparison with conventional open nephrectomy. Six serial patients undergoing laparoscopic living-donor nephrectomy (LLDN) were compared with six patients undergoing open donor nephrectomy. Body-mass index (BMI), operating time, hospital stay, and short-term graft function were assessed in both groups of patients. Handport-assisted LLDN was successfully attempted in all six patients. Mean ischemic time was 4.5 min in the laparoscopic group. There was no major complication in either group. Short-term graft function was good in all patients, except for one case of chronic rejection with mild azotemia in the open group. The length of stay was significantly longer in the open group, but the operation time of the laparoscopic group was much longer than that of the open group. There was no difference in the resumption of diet and in the use of narcotic analgesics in addition to patient-controlled analgesia. LLDN is a technically demanding approach. With handport assistance, the surgeons could shorten their learning curve. While initial graft function rates are equal to those of the open method, cosmesis and hospital stay are improved by the laparoscopic approach. Longer follow-up and larger patient numbers are needed to confirm these initial results in Taiwan.

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PMID: 12461663

DOI: 10.1007/s00147-002-0441-x

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