University of Kentucky experience with laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy using two different techniques

Hoonbae Jeon, Thomas D. Johnston, Stephen E. Strup, Mohamed Ibrahim, Dinesh Ranjan

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Laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy (LDN) is becoming increasingly popular for its minimum donor morbidity and accelerated return to work. Hand-assisted laparoscopic donor nephrectomy (HALDN) may be more acceptable if the modified technique would offer easier performance. We compared our experience with HALDN and conventional LDN. From November 1998 to June 2004, two groups of patients underwent conventional LDN (n = 71) or HALDN (n = 12). Operative and extraction times, complications, and immediate graft function were compared. Mean operative and extraction times are significantly shorter in the HALDN group (206.7 versus 143.4 minutes and 225 versus 141 seconds). Two in the LDN group required open conversion (3%). Three in the LDN group showed delayed graft function (4%). Three in the LDN group developed graft renal artery thrombosis (4%). There was no ureteral complication in both groups. HALDN provides shorter operative and extraction times and better recipient surgeon satisfaction without increasing donor morbidity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332-335
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2006


  • Kidney transplantation
  • Laparoscopic donor nephrectomy
  • Living donor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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