Surgeons do "keyhole" kidney transplant

Surgeons at the Royal Liverpool Hospital in the U.K. have successfully carried out the first kidney transplant using keyhole surgery in Europe.

Typically, with kidney transplant surgery, doctors make an incision as big as 20 to 25 cm. Keyhole surgery, a technique originally developed in India, transplants a kidney through an incision as small as 6 cm, which limits surgical complications and improves recovery time.

Researchers at the Royal Liverpool acknowledged both the health and cosmetic benefits of using keyhole surgery.  They said that they welcome the keyhole surgery as an effective technique, but added that it will most likely be used for people who are overweight or obese and have greater risk for abdominal complications.

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Sourced from: BBC, Kidney transplant: Surgeons carry out first European keyhole kidney transplant