But What About The Scars I Have Seen on TV?

Some of you who have just learned about kidney transplantation may have heard the horror stories of impoverished villiagers in India and other countries selling their kidneys, or having them otherwise stolen. News cameras have captured these people showing their long curved scars under their left rib.

This will soon be a thing of the past everywhere, as it currently is a major hospitals, thanks to advancements in Western medicine. Now kidneys can, and are being removed laproscopically. Meaning that three scars that run about two inches a piece remain on the belly, toward the side where the kidney is removed. They look more like duelling injuries than a traditional major operation scar. (Feel free to create your own fabulous story as to how you got your scar!)

The name of this surgery is laparoscopic nephrectomy, and also can be termed “robotic nephrectomy”.  If you don’t mind looking at surgical scars, click here and scroll down. This procedure really got going in 1995 and is the way the technology is moving because of the excellent outcomes, in terms of faster recoveries and less pain experienced. Another significant benefit is the enormous increase in the number of live kidney donors willing to donate because they will not have a major scar if this procedure is used.

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