|London surgeon Dr. Alp Sener, right, helped made Canadian medical history by using a robotic arm to make a tiny incision to transplant a kidney from Kelley Kunkel, centre, to her husband, Steve, left. (CRAIG GLOVER/QMI Agency) |
LONDON, Ont. — Surgeons at London Health Sciences Centre have made Canadian history by using a robotic arm to transplant a kidney from wife to husband through a small incision.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Patrick Luke and Dr. Alp Sener.
"It invigorates people. You want to see things that are cutting edge and revolutionary. It makes people want to be pioneers," Luke said Wednesday.
It was Kelley Kunkel of Walkerton, Ont., who donated a kidney to her husband Steve, a Type 1 diabetic for over 30 years whose kidneys were failing.
"(It) was quite exciting to be the first one to do it," she said.
The advance was part of a long-standing evolution using robotics to reduce the size of incisions and potentially reduce recovery time.
Kunkel recovered in about half the time it would take after traditional surgery.
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