|Surgeons at Chợ Rẫy Hospital carry out kidney removal from living donors using robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery. — Photo courtesy of Chợ Rẫy Hospital|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — Doctors at Chợ Rẫy Hospital in HCM City have carried out kidney removal from living donors using robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery.
Thái Minh Sâm, head of the hospital’s Department of Urology, said the operation was the country’s first ever kidney removal keyhole surgery with assistance of robot.
The operation was carried out on May 16 on Dương Xuân T., 53. who donated his kidney to his relative, Nguyễn Văn V, 55.
The second operation was carried out on June 20 on Nguyễn Văn T, 50, who donated the kidney to his daughter, Nguyễn Thị Diễm Tr., 27.
There was no blood transfusion and no complication during the surgeries, Sâm said at a press meeting yesterday (June 27).
The two donors were released from the hospital two days after surgery.
The two kidney transplants (without the use of a robot) were successfully performed and the two patients were released from the hospital seven days afterwards.
Robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery significantly reduces blood loss, pain and recovery time, he said.
However, the cost of robot-assisted surgery is high, ranging from VNĐ 90-120 million (US$3,900-5,200) a surgery as it is not covered by the national health insurance scheme.
Chợ Rẫy Hospital has performed 68 robot-assisted laparoscopic surgeries since it began using the surgical technique in October last year. —VNS