Vascular control during laparoscopic kidney donation

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Abstract

Summary

Laparoscopic donor nephrectomy (LDN) is the gold standard for kidney donation. Recent literature has led to considerable debate regarding the safest route to provide vascular control during this procedure. The most common devices used for vascular control during LDN are staplers and surgical clips. Opinions regarding the safety of these devices vary, as both are prone to dysfunction. Certain clips have already been contraindicated for use on the donor artery owing to reports of catastrophic complications of falling off. Donor safety is paramount to the continued success of renal transplantation in Canada. A review of existing practice at each institution may be called for to ensure the safest standards possible are in place. An appendix to this commentary is available at canjsurg.ca.

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