End-stage renal disease (ESRD) is the terminal stage in chronic kidney disease, associated with high morbidity and mortality. Chronic kidney disease and ESRD globally result in approximately 7, 35,000 deaths annually.
Hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, kidney transplant (KT) are the different modalities available for renal replacement therapy. However, Kidney Transplantation (KT) remains the treatment of choice for ESRD as it leads to longer survival and superior quality of life. It has traditionally been performed by open approach, but recently, a minimally invasive approach has been developed to perform KT.
Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy
The minimally invasive laparoscopic approach has become the procedure of choice worldwide for donor nephrectomy due to its obvious advantages in terms of less morbidity, significantly shorter hospital stays and a quicker return to work. The added benefit in terms of cosmetic Pfannensteil scar comes as a big plus when it comes to increasing the available donor pool. It is an extremely safe operation with a mortality rate of 0.03% and very low morbidity. The chances of hemorrhage, injury to other organs, cardiopulmonary complications, thromboembolic events, and gastrointestinal complications each occur in less than 1 percent of cases. The learning curve of the procedure has prevented it from becoming mainstream in India, but in experienced hands, the surgery is safe, standardized and reproducible.