Monday, 16 Mar, 2009 Health & Fitness

World's First Transvaginal Removal of a Kidney Using Tri-port Multi-channel Port


With the help of a tri-port multi-channel port surgeons managed to perform a successful live human transvaginal nephrectomy (the surgical removal of a kidney through vagina), which claims to be world's first.

It is worth mentioning that the tri-port multi-channel port was supplied by Advanced Surgical Concepts Ltd. Dr. Rene Sotelo was the one to perform the surgery, being helped by his colleagues at the Instituto Medico La Floresta in Caracas, Venezuela. The ground breaking surgery took place on March 7, 2009, reports Eureka Science News.

Surgeons carried out their operation on a 65-year-old woman, who had a 6cm left kidney tumor. She also had a prior history of hysterectomy (surgical removal of the womb). It took doctors 220 minutes to perform the operation followed by a 2 day hospital stay for the patient. There were no complications and the patient was discharged from the hospital without any visible scars. It was reported that the patient is doing well.

The lead surgeon mentioned that the concept of using the Tri-port for transvaginal NOTES nephrectomy for the first time was explained in a study on cadavers. The results of that study were presented at the World Congress of Endurourology in 2008 by Drs. Monish Aron, Mihir Desai, and Inderbir Gill.

"I sought their advice and collaboration in our operation. The procedure went well and has great potential for the future," said Dr. Sotelo.

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