Surgical Robot Performs Historic Kidney Transplant

A sister-to-sister kidney transplant in France is the first to combine robotics, vaginal access and the donated organ's implantation immediately after its removal.

Photo Caption: The kidney transplant procedure, performed using robotics, was a world first because the kidney was both removed and transplanted through the vagina rather than via an incision, the standard method

A sister-to-sister kidney transplant in France is the first to combine robotics, vaginal access and the donated organ’s implantation immediately after its removal.

Valerie Perez gave one of her kidneys to her younger sister, Beatrice, both of whom were operated on at the same time. The procedure was a world first because, using Intuitive Surgical’s Da Vinci Si robot, the kidney was both removed and transplanted through the vagina rather than via an incision, which is the standard method.

The donated organ was immediately implanted into Beatrice after it had been removed from her sister.

‘The two sisters are doing well,’ said lead surgeon, Dr. Frederico Sallustro. He says the procedure is “a major step forward” and that he’s “been dreaming of doing this operation for the last three years.”

The procedure at the University Hospital Centre in Toulouse was executed “in a single go, exclusively with robots.”

According to the University Hospital Centre in Toulouse, about 100 people - notably in India, the United States and France - have benefited from robotic kidney transplants in the last couple of years.

[Source:] Daily Mail



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