Hand-Assisted Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy: Are Hand Port Devices Really Necessary?

Jay Nath, D van Dellen, SJ Mellor, A Hamsho, Nicholas Inston, Andrew Ready

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Background. Hand port devices (HPD) are used routinely for hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery including hand-assisted laparoscopic donor nephrectomy (HALDN). However, the cost of such devices may prove prohibitive, particularly in centers with financial constraints. The authors aimed to identify any adverse effects of performing device-free HALDN. Methods. A retrospective analysis was performed of patients undergoing HALDN at the authors' unit over a 3-year period (2007-2010). Eighty-four patients underwent device-free HALDN, whereas in 80 patients a HPD was used. The primary endpoint was duration of operation, with secondary endpoints including postoperative wound infections and incisional hernias. Results. There was no difference in duration of operation for the device free (98 minutes; range = 43-215 minutes) compared with the HPD group (94 minutes; range = 36-180 minutes; P = .37). A device was required in 3 (3.6%) patients in which a device-free approach was attempted. There was no difference in either group in terms of rates of postoperative wound infections (0% vs 2.5%, respectively; P = .24) or incisional hernia incidence (1.5% vs 1.4%, respectively; P = .50). Conclusion. Device-free HALDN can be performed with no discernable compromise in operating time or patient outcome. This has implications in both cost benefit and translation of this technique to developing units.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-8
JournalSurgical innovation
Issue number4
Early online date8 Feb 2011
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011


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