Mon. Nov 27th, 2023
    New Breakthrough in Kidney Transplant Surgery: Robotic-Assisted Transplants Increasingly Beneficial for Patients

    Published 2:30 pm Friday, November 10, 2023

    Mayo Clinic surgeons have achieved a groundbreaking milestone in Minnesota by successfully performing the state’s first-ever robotic-assisted kidney transplant. This state-of-the-art technique, which relies on minimally invasive procedures, offers potential benefits for patients with a higher body mass index while reducing the risk of complications such as hernias and infections.

    Unlike traditional open surgeries, robotic-assisted kidney transplants require smaller incisions, resulting in less discomfort for patients and faster recovery times. During the procedure, the surgeon utilizes robotic instruments inserted through small incisions, while controlling their movements from a console. This enables more precise movements and greater visibility during the surgery.

    “While open kidney transplantation remains the best option for most patients, robotic-assisted kidney transplants provide an alternative incision site for those who may benefit from it,” explained Dr. Timucin Taner, division chair of Transplant Surgery at Mayo Clinic. “This groundbreaking technique could be particularly advantageous for individuals with higher body mass indexes, who have had previous hernias or abdominal surgeries.”

    Mayo Clinic’s Kidney Transplant Program in Minnesota, renowned for its expertise in the field, performed an impressive 311 kidney transplants in 2022, surpassing all other transplant centers in the state. As the largest integrated transplant center in the United States, Mayo Clinic is at the forefront of pioneering advancements in surgical techniques and patient care.


    Q: What is a robotic-assisted kidney transplant?
    A: A robotic-assisted kidney transplant is a surgical procedure where a surgeon utilizes robotic instruments inserted through small incisions to transplant a donated kidney.

    Q: What are the potential benefits of robotic-assisted kidney transplants?
    A: Robotic-assisted kidney transplants offer smaller incisions, reduced risk of complications such as infections and hernias, less discomfort for patients, and faster recovery times.

    Q: Who could benefit from a robotic-assisted kidney transplant?
    A: Individuals with higher body mass indexes, previous hernias, or prior abdominal surgeries may benefit from this alternative incision site.

    Q: Will robotic-assisted kidney transplants replace traditional open surgeries?
    A: Robotic-assisted kidney transplants are not intended to replace traditional open surgeries entirely. Instead, they provide another option for select patients who may benefit from this innovative technique.