December 26, 2010

Long-Term Follow-up of a Randomized Trial Comparing Laparoscopic and Mini-Incision Open Live Donor Nephrectomy


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Increasing numbers of living donor transplants are performed laparoscopically, in order to minimize patient discomfort and improved the cosmetic result. This is the long-term (six years) follow-up of a randomized controlled study of patients who underwent either laparoscopic nephrectomy or open nephrectomy with a “mini-incision.”  Quality of life in both groups was similar, and there was no difference in long-term donor renal function between groups.
Renal Transplantation