Panniculectomy can be performed as a prophylactic procedure preceding transplantation to enable obese patients to meet criteria for renal transplantation. No literature exists on combined renal transplant and panniculectomy surgery (LRT-PAN). We describe our 8-year experience performing LRT-PAN. A retrospective chart review of all patients who had undergone LRT-PAN from 2010 to 2018 was conducted. Data were collected on patient demographics, allograft survival and function, and postoperative course. Fifty-eight patients underwent LRT-PAN. All grafts survived, with acceptable function at 1 year. Median length of stay was 4 days with a mean operative duration of 363 minutes. The wound complication rate was 24%. Ninety-day readmission rate was 52%, with medical causes as the most common reason for readmission (45%), followed by wound (32%) and graft-related complications (23%). Body mass index, diabetes status, and previous immunosuppression did not influence wound complication rate or readmission (P =.7720, P =.0818, and P =.4830, respectively). Combining living donor renal transplant and panniculectomy using a multidisciplinary team may improve access to transplantation, particularly for the obese and postobese population. This combined approach yielded shorter-than-expected hospital stays and similar wound complication rates, and thus should be considered for patients in whom transplantation might otherwise be withheld on the basis of obesity.
- clinical research/practice
- kidney transplantation/nephrology
- kidney transplantation: living donor/
- surgical technique
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy
- Pharmacology (medical)