Mayo Clinic Performs First Robotic Kidney Transplant in Minnesota
In October of this year, the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota performed their first robot-assisted kidney transplant. The patient was a woman who received a living donor kidney transplant from her daughter.
You may wonder, why would doctors want to use a robot to assist in transplant surgery? And why would a patient want this? Dr. Patrick Dean, Surgical Director of the Kidney Transplant Program in Minnesota tells us why. “A robotic-assisted kidney transplant requires a smaller incision. It lowers the risk that patients will experience complications, such as an infection or hernia. Patients may also have less discomfort and a speedier recovery, potentially meaning less time in the hospital after surgery."
Not everyone listed for transplant at Mayo Clinic will receive a robotic kidney transplant. Patients selected for this procedure are patients who may have a higher body mass index, have previous hernias, or have prior abdominal surgery. The assistance of the robotic equipment allows surgeons to utilize alternate incision sites for these groups of patients. For most patients, the traditional kidney surgery method remains the best option. It is safe and successful.
When you come to Mayo Clinic for your kidney transplant evaluation, discuss the robotic procedure with your doctors. They will let you know if you are a candidate for this procedure and provide you with all the details necessary to make the right decision for you. If you are a candidate for transplant at another hospital, check with your team to see if they offer this as an option for you.
Have you had a kidney transplant? Would you have considered robotic surgery if this option was given to you?
- Learn More About Robotic Kidney Transplant
- Explore Mayo’s Transplant Center.
- Request an appointment.
- Connect with others in the transplant discussion group on Mayo Clinic Connect
- View our transplant toolkits on Mayo Clinic Connect