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Vietnam surgeons save kidney patient with autotransplant procedure

Vietnam surgeons save kidney patient with autotransplant procedure

Saturday, July 23, 2022, 15:00 GMT+7
Vietnam surgeons save kidney patient with autotransplant procedure
Doctors at Hue Central Hospital check up for the X-ray results of the kidney patient. Photo: Thuong Hien / Tuoi Tre

Doctors at  the Hue Central Hospital announced on Friday they had successfully performed a renal autotransplant treatment to save a man whose left renal ureter was entirely perished as a result of complications from kidney stone lithotripsy.

The 58-year-old man was transferred from a hospital in the north-central Quang Binh Province earlier this month with a diagnosis of almost complete loss of the left renal ureter.

He was diagnosed with a left ureteral stone and a recurrent right kidney stone that would be treated endoscopically at another infirmary.

However, complications arose during the lithotripsy procedure, resulting in the almost total loss of the ureter.

The experts at Hue Central Hospital determined that this was a special case in which the left ureter was completely damaged.

To save the patient's left kidney, doctors chose to perform an autologous transplant.

This method also helps patients significantly cut their treatment expenditures.

Renal autotransplant is a form of surgery where the patient's damaged kidney is removed from the body and fixed before being implanted or placed in another part of the patient's body.

The surgery lasted four hours.

After the operation, the remaining ureter of the left kidney is roughly five centimeters long, with stones at the end and severe edema.

To retain function and prevent further injury, the left kidney is processed at a low temperature.

This is the second successful autologous kidney transplant at the Hue Central Hospital and in central Vietnam.

The first one took place in 2020.

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Linh To - Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre News

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