Apollo Multispeciality Hospitals Kolkata brings complete Robotic Renal Transplant for the first time in Eastern India. In conventional kidney transplant, the donor’s kidney is placed in the lower abdomen of the recipient by making an 8-10 inch cut, while the robotic transplant involves only a 1-2 inch cut and a few key holes for access inside the abdomen to join the blood vessels.
A 25-year-old patient was suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease and was on dialysis for a long time. After finding a suitable match, the patient underwent robotic renal transplant last week under Dr Vinay Mahendra, in Apollo Multispeciality Hospitals Kolkata.
Benefits of Robotic Kidney Transplant
• Decreased chances of complications as compared to open surgery, especially in immunocompromised and end-stage renal disease patients undergoing KT.
• Safer and more efficacious for obese patients who are otherwise not recommended for transplants.
• Minimal invasive surgery helps in reduced
– blood loss
– hospital stays
– postoperative complication rate
– recovery time
– surgical scars
The whole procedure of Robotic Kidney Transplant involves the doctor sitting on the console with the monitor displaying the inside of the abdomen and the robotic arms assisting the doctor for operating. One of the arms holds a high magnification 3D camera which is inserted into the abdomen through one of the key holes and provides a high-definition, magnified (12×), 3-D view of the surgical site. The other mechanical arms have surgical instruments attached to it that are designed to mimic the movement of the human hands and wrists.
Dr Vinay Mahendra, Consultant Urology & Robotic Surgeon, Apollo Multispeciality Hospitals, Kolkata who carried out the procedure along with the team of doctors said, “The primary benefit of Robotic surgery for transplant is, it involves minor incisions and hence recovery is faster with much lesser complications. It also comes with less pain, lesser or no chance of infection as the incision is much smaller than the usual 8-10 inch cut, less hospital stay and early recovery and back to normal life. The procedure is suitable for all except people with severe heart or lung problem.”