And, we thought childbirth was painful.
The procedure has been previously done to extract cancerous and nonfunctioning kidneys that threatened a patient’s health. The kidney was successfully removed and transplanted into the donor’s niece. Both patients are doing fine according to the doctors. .
In case you were wondering, the normal surgery requires a 5- to 6-inch incision through the abdominal wall. The Johns Hopkins Medical Center did it by inserting “wand-like cameras and tools” through small incisions in the abdomen and navel. Doctors then insert a hollow tube through the vagina with a bag at the end.Once the kidney is cut loose, surgeons use video from the cameras to guide them as they maneuver the bag around the organ, place it in the tube and pull it out through the vaginal opening, according to the doc’s.
In case you too were wondering, the donor, a 48 year old woman and mother of three, says
“It was easier than childbirth.”
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