Health Watch — Surgery: Bellybutton Surgery

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about advances in surgical techniques and treatments. In the past, surgery for something as serious as removing a kidney required a large incision that increased the risk for complications and led to a long recovery period and a scar. Now that surgery can be done without leaving a scar.

Surgeons at UT Southwestern Medical Center have performed surgery to remove a kidney through a single incision in the patient’s bellybutton. The surgery requires special instruments that can be inserted through tiny slits, and those slits are then connected into one incision for removing the kidney. Dr. Jeffrey Cadeddu, a UT Southwestern urologist, says the procedure means patients will have less pain, a faster recovery and only a small surgical scar in a place where it won’t be noticed.

Visit to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in robotic and minimally invasive surgery.


January 2008

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