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Kidneys: Transplant Surgery

Question for Department of Health

UIN 213346, tabled on 4 November 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the provision in NHS hospitals of kidney transplantation through keyhole surgery.

Answered on

11 November 2014

The removal of a kidney for donation from a living donor is routinely carried out using minimally invasive surgical techniques. In most transplant centres, these are keyhole (laparoscopic) techniques.

The use of keyhole surgery in the implantation of a kidney will be a clinical decision made in the best interests of the patient based on individual circumstances.