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Vietnam performs first robot-assisted kidney removal surgery
Vietnam performs first robot-assisted kidney removal surgery. Photo:VietnamPlus
Specialists at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City have carried out two successive kidney removals from living donors using robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery, local press highlights today.

Thai Minh Sam, head of the hospital's Department of Urology, said these were the first time that a kidney removal surgery has been performed with assistance of a robot.

The first operation was carried out on May 16 on Duong Xuan T., who donated a kidney to a relative, and the second one, on June 20, on Nguyen Van T., who donated it to his daughter.

There was no blood transfusion and no complication during the surgeries, both donors were discharged from the hospital two days later, Sam said.

Robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery significantly reduces blood loss, pain and recovery time, but the cost is high (from $3,900 USD to $5,200 USD) a surgery as it is not covered by the national health insurance program.

The Cho Ray Hospital has performed 68 robot-assisted laparoscopic surgeries since it began using the surgical technique in October last year.

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