How Robots Help In Kidney Transplant

Understanding Robotic Surgery
Minimally invasive are just two fancy words that mean smaller incisions. These types of surgeries mean shorter hospitalization and faster recovery for patients. Other benefits may be:
Less blood
Less scarring
Reduced risk of infection
Faster return to your life

How does the Robotic Surgical System work?

To operate using the Robotic system, the surgeon makes tiny incisions in your body and inserts miniaturized instruments and a high-definition three-dimensional camera, and sometimes skin incisions are not required at all. Then, from a nearby console, the surgeon manipulates those instruments to perform the operation.

Think of the Robotic system, system like a video game. When you play a video game, you move a control button, and the machine translates your movements into real-time, mimicking your moves precisely on the screen. During a Robotic-assisted procedure, the surgeon uses master controls to manipulate the instruments, and the instruments translate surgeon’s movements into precise movements inside your body. The surgeon is in control the whole time; the surgical system responds to the direction he provides.

How robots help in Kidney transplant?

A cutting-edge procedure, robotic kidney surgery provides patients an alternate surgical procedure that reduces pain, recovery time and risks. Robotic kidney surgery, also called a robotic nephrectomy or robotic partial nephrectomy, is a common treatment for kidney cancer and other conditions affecting the kidney

Traditional surgical procedure requires a lengthy incision up to 12 inches long. This increases the risk of infection, bleeding, injury to surrounding organs and hernia. Minimally invasive kidney surgery requires only a few small incisions to perform the procedure. This reduces the amount of trauma inflicted on the patient’s body and results in less pain and quicker recovery.

Like minimally invasive kidney surgery, robotic kidney surgery requires only small incisions. This is the general way the surgery is performed

Surgeons insert specialized tools and a camera through small incisions to reach the kidney.
The surgeon visualizes the kidney on a computer screen and performs the surgery using a robotic arm.
His or her movements are made more precise to avoid damaging surrounding organs and to remove only the exact tissue necessary.
The kidney is removed through a slightly larger incision that measures around four inches.
The incisions are sutured closed.

Robotic kidney surgery is only preformed at a select number of hospitals in the world.

Over the last decade, there have been advances in kidney transplantation with introduction of minimally invasive surgery. Robotic surgery is becoming increasingly common across the specialities. There is now increasing experience in robotic kidney transplantation, though it remains a niche procedure.