October 22, 2008 - A number of potential living kidney donors have multiple vessels attached to their kidneys. These vessels increase the difficulty in both the donor's and recipient's surgeries, which causes many surgeons to turning those donors down for laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery-and sometimes altogether. At the Methodist Transplant Center, our surgeons and physicians believe strongly that a living donor transplant is the best option for our patients in need. Our surgeons have developed ways to successfully remove the donor kidney laparoscopically, and perform the transplantation with microsurgical techniques. Removing and transplanting kidneys with two or three arteries is now routinely performed at Houston Methodist. This complex surgery has been performed to date with a perfect record of safety for the donors and without any complications for the recipients.
"We are excited to help those patients with vascular anatomical variations achieve their goal of safely donating to their loved ones, while still enjoying the benefit of laparoscopic donor surgery," said Dr. Richard Link, a kidney donor surgeon who has performed the largest number of these procedure at Houston Methodist to date.