Urologists at Lahey Clinic remove kidney through belly button

Release Date: 07/16/2009

Margie Coloian
Communications and Marketing
Phone: (781) 744-3859
Email: margie.coloian@lahey.org

Urologists at Lahey Clinic remove kidney through belly button

BURLINGTON, MA—Using an advanced form of laparoscopy, or minimally invasive surgery, urologists at Lahey Clinic last week successfully removed a diseased kidney from a patient through a small incision in her belly button. The procedure, known as laparo-endoscopic single site (LESS) surgery, is believed to be the first urologic application of its kind in New England.

Unlike the standard minimally-invasive surgical approach for kidney removal (laparoscopy), which requires three to five small cuts in the abdomen, LESS utilizes advanced technology, consolidating surgical instrumentation that accompanies a small camera through the sole incision site at the umbilicus, or belly button. Compared to traditional laparoscopy, scarring is barely visible, and doctors are hopeful that recovery benefits may include less discomfort for patients and faster return to normal activity.

LESS can be used to harvest donor kidneys and may someday help ease shortages in organ donations, making it more attractive for individuals to donate because there is less discomfort, and returning to work and other customary activities may be quicker.

At Lahey, the patient's kidney was removed by the LESS technique after it stopped functioning because of scar tissue in the drainage tube connecting it to his bladder. The surgery was performed by David Canes, MD. The minimally-invasive team at the Lahey Institute of Urology also includes Ali Moinzadeh, MD, and Andrea Sorcini, MD. Canes trained with pioneering surgeons at Cleveland Clinic, one of the first centers to attempt LESS.

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Lahey Clinic, a physician-led, nonprofit group practice, is world-renowned for innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment, and leading-edge research. A teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, the Clinic provides quality health care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, from primary care to cancer diagnosis and treatment to kidney and liver transplantation.