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Minimally Invasive Surgery for Transplant

The specialists in kidney transplantation at Loyola University Health System use minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery for removing a kidney for donation (nephrectomy). These laparoscopic procedures are conducted through three small cuts made in the abdomen. Tiny tools and a digital camera are used to conduct the operation. For the fiscal year that ends July 1, 2011, Loyola boasts a conversion rate of zero for these surgeries – this means that all the kidney donation procedures went without complications and did not require a larger incision or a more invasive surgery.

For a kidney donor or recipient, a quick recovery is essential. Our goal is to help you get back to your job and the other aspects of your normal life as fast as possible. Although many laparoscopic procedures take about the same amount of time as an open-incision surgery, the recovery time is lessened because you do not have to recuperate from a large incision.

Other benefits of minimally invasive surgeries include:

  • Less scarring
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Smaller incisions