Robot-assisted kidney transplantation: an update.


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Article
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Authors
Sharma, Videha 
Woywodt, Alexander 
Sivaprakasam, Rajesh 
Augustine, Titus 
Abstract

Renal transplantation has become the gold-standard treatment for the majority of patients with established renal failure. Recent decades have seen significant progress in immunosuppressive therapies and advances in post-transplant management of recipients, resulting in improved graft and patient outcomes. However, the open technique of allograft implantation has stood the test of time, remaining largely unchanged. In a world where major advances in surgery have been facilitated by innovations in the fields of biotechnology and medical instrumentation, minimally invasive options have been introduced for the recipient undergoing kidney transplantation. In this review we present the evolution of minimally invasive kidney transplantation, with a specific focus on robot-assisted kidney transplant and the benefits it offers to specific patient groups. We also discuss the ethical concerns that must be addressed by transplant teams considering developing or referring to robotic programs.

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Keywords
chronic renal failure, minimally invasive surgery, obesity, renal transplant, robot-assisted kidney transplant
Journal Title
Clin Kidney J
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Journal ISSN
2048-8505
2048-8513
Volume Title
15
Publisher
Oxford University Press (OUP)