Surgeons at Methodist Dallas Medical Center continue to innovate in the field of robotic surgery. On December 14, 2016, transplant surgeons Alejandro Mejia, MD, FACS, and Richard Dickerman, MD, FACS, performed the first robotic auto-transplantation in North Texas using the da Vinci® Surgical System.
The 42 year-old female patient suffers from loin pain hematuria syndrome, a rare condition that causes persistent or recurrent flank pain (discomfort in the upper abdomen or back and sides) and blood in the urine. While the cause is unknown, the years of pain caused this patient to be heavily medicated and unable to work. A friend at a support group referred her to Dr. Dickerman since he had performed the friend’s kidney transplant. Dr. Mejia said the patient’s condition made her a good candidate for robotic auto-transplantation. He has been performing robotic kidney retrieval for 3 years, and Dr. Dickerman implants the organ through open surgery. Robotic retrieval and implantation is incredibly rare, especially in the same patient.
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