Doctors Remove Cancerous Kidney Through Belly Button

A medical team in Spain has removed a cancerous kidney through the belly button of an 85-year-old woman.

This is the first operation of this type to be carried out in Spain and one of only a handful that have been performed throughout the world, Sciencedaily.com reported.

The patient had surgery at a hospital in Barcelona on Feb. 17, and three days later she was sent home with no symptoms.

On Feb. 5, surgeons at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center also removed a patient’s diseased kidney through the belly button.

“The successful removal of a kidney, with a single incision, is a pivotal advancement in cancer care,” said Dr. Ithaar H. Derweesh, associate professor of surgery for the Division of Urology and urologic oncologist at UC San Diego Medical Center, in a news release.

“This less invasive approach offers patients a shorter recovery time, less need for pain medication, and an improved cosmetic outcome.”

During a traditional laparoscopic surgery, three to five small abdominal incisions would be made to insert a camera and instruments to remove the kidney. This new surgery only requires one incision that is hidden by the belly button.

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