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Minimally Invasive Transplant Surgery

Minimally invasive transplant surgery

Dedicated Team with New Technology

We’re pioneers in using technology to provide patient-centered transplant care.

Building on our transplant center’s legacy of innovation, today we are transforming the field by utilizing robotic technology to assist in the operating room. Our minimally invasive transplant surgery team specializes in kidney, liver and pancreas transplants.

This approach to transplant surgery delivers many benefits:

  • Smaller incisions and less scarring
  • Expanded access to organs
  • Faster recovery for recipients, helping them get back to normal lives with shorter hospital stays
  • Faster recovery for living donors, making it easier to donate organs with shorter hospital stays

Not all patients are candidates for minimally invasive surgery. The decision will be made by the patient, transplant surgeon and other members of the care team.

Innovative Surgeon Guides the Program

Leading the minimally invasive transplant team is Dr. Chandra Bhati, who, in 2018, was the first surgeon on the East Coast to complete a successful robotic-assisted kidney transplant.

Dr. Bhati implanted a kidney using the da Vinci Surgical System’s robotic arms, without hand assistance. Bhati is an avid researcher in the areas of kidney, liver and pancreatic islet cell transplantation. His current research includes a clinical trial to test the warm storage of donated livers, using a specialized device that also monitors organ function before transplant.

Our minimally invasive program underscores our ongoing commitment to develop and lead the field of transplantation with cutting-edge surgical technology. What’s more, we’ve expanded our medical training for the next generation of transplant surgeons to include a robotics fellowship.

To learn more or to make an appointment in our multi-disciplinary clinic, call (804) 828-4104 to speak with a nurse coordinator.

Saved by a longtime friend — and advanced robotics

A visit to an eye doctor with complaints of poor vision and migraines led to the discovery of hemorrhaging behind Stephen Robinson’s eyes. After a trip to an emergency room, a kidney biopsy revealed that the previously healthy 28-year-old suffered from Berger’s disease, a condition that affects the kidneys’ ability to filter waste from blood.

A family friend turned out to be a match, and Stephen became one of the first patients to undergo robotically assisted kidney transplantation at VCU Health.