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Single center experience with robotic kidney transplantation for recipients with BMI of 40 kg/m2 or greater: A comparison with the UNOS registry

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Obesity represents a barrier to kidney transplantation, but the increasing prevalence among renal failure patients has forced some centers to carefully consider such candidates. Morbidly obese patients may be at increased risk of delayed graft function, higher postoperative complications, and inferior graft outcomes. Nevertheless, mortality on the waiting list remains significantly higher than after transplant. We have applied minimally invasive surgery to perform kidney transplant in individuals with body mass index (BMI) of 40 kg/m2 or greater. We compared our results to the national United Network of Organ Sharing database. more

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