Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- Mayo Clinic says its surgeons have completed a first of its kind transplant in Minnesota

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An announcement issued by Mayo on Tuesday says the transplant happened on October 4. The patient was a woman in her 60’s, who received a kidney from her daughter. 

The surgeons tasked with carrying out the kidney transplant were assisted by a robot, making the procedure the first of its kind in Minnesota, Mayo says. Dr. Timucin Taner and Dr. Patrik Dean performed the historic surgery. 

“Mayo Clinic has been a leader in the field of kidney transplants for six decades. We are proud to continue that tradition by completing the first robotic-assisted kidney transplant in Minnesota," Dr. Tanner said in a news release. 

Traditional kidney transplants require surgeons to make a 4-8 inch long incision along the side of the patient’s body. The robotic-assisted transplant only requires a two-inch incision below the belly button and a smaller cut to insert the robotic equipment, according to Mayo Clinic. 

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Once the equipment is in place, the surgeon can then operate the robotic equipment to complete the transplant. 

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“A robotic-assisted kidney transplant requires a smaller incision. It lowers the risk that patients will experience complications, such as an infection or hernia. Patients may also have less discomfort and a speedier recovery, potentially meaning less time in the hospital after surgery," says Dr. Dean, surgical director of Mayo Clinic's Kidney Transplant Program in Minnesota. 

Mayo says the robotic-assisted transplant could be especially beneficial for patients with a higher body mass index and may reduce the risk of incisional complications, such as hernia or infection.

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