Through a single incision in the belly button, surgeons at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center have successfully removed a cancerous kidney tumour while saving the patient's kidney.
With the help of 3.5 centimeter port, surgeons extracted the tumour and then completed the complex task of preserving and reconstructing the kidney.
UC San Diego Medical Center has become the second hospital in the world to perform this procedure.
"This highly-involved, minimally invasive surgery allowed us to save more than 90 percent of the patient's kidney," said Ithaar H. Derweesh, MD, lead surgeon and associate professor of surgery in the Division of Urology at UC San Diego Medical Center and Moores UCSD Cancer Center.
"Through a small incision, we passed specialized instruments that allowed us to remove the entire tumour while preserving the healthy portion of the kidney through a delicate reconstruction," Derweesh added.
Emilio Camacho, 55, a warehouse supervisor for PepsiCo Inc, said "The first doctor I saw said the surgery would require a long incision, a two week hospital stay, and that I would be out of work for more than six months," said
"With this procedure I will be in the hospital for a few days and recuperating for six weeks. That's a huge difference. I am grateful that UCSD Medical Center allows its doctors to break new barriers in medicine," Camacho added.