Quality of life following living donor nephrectomy comparing classical flank incision and anterior vertical mini-incision
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In this study we focused on the quality of life and satisfaction of living kidney donors comparing traditional lumbar (LDN) and mini-incision donor nephrectomy (MIDN). From May 1996 to December 2002, 174 donor nephrectomies including 127 cases of LDN and 47 cases of MIDN were performed. Donors were evaluated using the SF-36 quality-of-life survey as well as a questionnaire dealing with donors‘ attitude towards kidney donation, financial burdens, pain, cosmetic satisfaction and duration of sick leave. Our donors achieved comparable or even higher scores in all the SF-36 categories in comparison to the general US population. Following MIDN, quality of life tended to be superior compared to that of LDN donors; however, statistical significance was reached only in one of the eight categories. Duration of sick leave following surgery was in favor of MIDN compared to LDN donors. Statistically significant differences favoring MIDN were observed regarding postoperative hospital stay and cosmetic satisfaction. The procedure would be again undergone by 94 of LDN and 97% of MIDN donors. Open-donor nephrectomy is a safe and cost-effective procedure. Introduction of the here-described MIDN has led to comparable or even improved results compared to LDN.
KeywordsLiving kidney donation Mini incision Quality of life Sick leave
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