Jimmie Jones was 64 and on the transplant waiting list for 17 years when physicians at the University of Illinois Hospital performed his robotic kidney transplantation.
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Jones was told that he would not be able to receive a transplant from the waiting list because he was considered to be medically obese. Up to half of dialysis patients are obese, defined as having a body mass index greater than 30. Many transplant centers will avoid listing obese patients for kidney transplantation altogether because they have an increased risk of wound infection, transplant failure and death.
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However, the benefits of transplantation outweigh the risks for those with Chronic Kidney Disease. Robotic Kidney Transplants are minimally invasive and implant the kidney through a two-and-three-quarter inch incision above the belly button. Results clearly reveal reduced surgical trauma, wound complications, and improved kidney survival. Jones said he is grateful for his new kidney and “feels like a new man, 100 percent better.” Click the image below to watch the video for more details.
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Reference: "Robotic Surgery Helps Man Beat the Odds." UIC News.