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My main focus and my main interest is liver transplantation and liver surgery. In addition to my role as a liver surgeon, I have been recently assigned to be in charge of the living kidney donor program. Living donation is a very viable option that we introduce to our recipients — and we encourage them to look for living donors and to ask. As a center, we are committed to donor safety as well. So, we will not take anyone who just is interested in donating a kidney or a liver. We will go through an evaluation process to make sure that this donor is safe to go through this kind of big surgery, and we are not adding an extra risk for him or for her life.
I actually had the lead role in developing and introducing a new technique to retrieve kidneys from living donors. This procedure is called SILS Nephrectomy, which is essentially a single-incision laparoscopic surgery. We do a single incision at the belly-button area to free up the kidney from all the surroundings and are able to retrieve the kidney through the belly button to be used for transplantation. The donor, at the end of the operation, is left with a hidden scar inside his belly button. So, it is essentially a scarless operation and the donor leaves the operating room with a little Band-Aid at his belly-button area. This is in contrast to the traditional way of removing a kidney laparoscopically in which the donor would have three to four small incisions done on the side and, in addition, a separate incision to retrieve the kidney out.