Wednesday, January 25, 2006

"I'm in charge now..." Alexander "George" Haig

As I haven't heard otherwise, I'm assuming that the surgery is underway. There was to be one last scan this morning before going in.

Here's the deal....

During laparoscopic donor surgery, three small incisions are made on the abdomen (shown in red).Since 1999, University of Colorado Hospital transplant surgeons have been utilizing video technology to allow the kidney to be removed safely through small incisions on the abdomen. This procedure is called laparoscopic donor surgery.
Patients undergoing laparoscopic donor surgery have significantly less pain, a shorter hospital stay and return to normal life much faster than those who undergo the more traditional “open” procedure.
The donor kidney is removed with sections of artery, vein and ureter through this laparoscopic procedure and placed in the recipient’s lower abdomen. Veins and arteries carry blood to and from the kidney and the ureter carries urine to the bladder. All blood vessels and the ureter from the donor kidney are connected to vessels in the recipient.

As you can see from the illustration, Carin is indeed a Barbie doll. Saves her a fortune on Brazillians...