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Woman Has Kidney Removed Through Belly Button

Woman Has Kidney Removed Through Belly Button

British nurse has kidney removed using Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS)…

A British nurse has become the first patient in Europe to undergo a pioneering new procedure to remove her kidney through a single incision in the belly button.

Susan White, 30, had her kidney removed in March last year using the revolutionary technique know as Single Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) – a procedure which leaves no visible scars.

The SILS was carried out through a 1 inch incision in her naval. Using special tools that measure less than half an inch wide, half the size of standard equipment, surgeons first pumped gas into the internal area to help separate the organs and allow more room to work.

susan white noelene booth and urologist abhay rane Woman Has Kidney Removed Through Belly Button

The kidney was then wrapped in a small net bag and broken down using a series of tiny blades. The bag and it contents were then removed through the naval.

The standard procedure for similar operations requires surgeons to make a incision 12 inch in the stomach. But because of the minimally invasive nature of the pioneering procedure, Ms White was left with no scars, and was able to return to work three weeks later – half the usual recovery time.

The operation was carried out by Abhay Rane, a leading consultant urologist at East Surrey Hospital in Redhill. White, who is a Nurse at the same hospital, had to have her kidney removed because it was releasing a hormone that raised her blood pressure.

Commenting on her operation White said :

“I was nervous at being the first European patient but I’ve seen Mr Rane operate and I trust him…
“The incision caused no discomfort and it was really only internally that I felt any pain, but that’s only to be expected…
“I haven’t gone off and had my belly button pierced but I could do – there’s nothing to stop me. The results have been fantastic.”

Mr Rane, 50, was one of the first British doctors to be trained in the operation and carried out the world’s first kidney removal using SILS in India. He said:

“This kind of surgery is perfect for those who do not want to be left with unsightly scars. It’s about pushing things that bit further. This is the future of surgery. It’s what people will demand and will become the norm.”

Many hospital use already use key hole surgery to operate inside the body. However this type of procedure is extremely difficult to master and still involves making several incisions.

SILS is carried out through a single incision in the belly button because there are fewer nerve endings and less tissue to heal, this means patients experience less pain and heal quicker.

sils diagram Woman Has Kidney Removed Through Belly Button

Since White’s operation, single laparoscopic surgery has been used to remove gall bladders and appendixes, and repair hernias.

It is hoped that by the end of the year, 20 hospitals across the country will be offering the operation and 50 surgeons will be trained in SILS.

Dr Catherine Greenaway, medical director at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, said:

“The work by Dr Rane and colleagues is groundbreaking and puts the NHS at the forefront of eliminating post surgical scars.”


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