Reconstructive surgery for kidney transplant recipients

O. Papadopoulos, P. Konofaos, C. Chrisostomidis, S. Lionaki, P. Georgiou, K. Vlasis, A. Kostakis

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Many decades have passed since the first kidney transplantation, which is now the most common organ transplant performed worldwide. Despite the impressive advances, some patients may develop posttransplant complications that require proper management and treatment. The plastic and reconstructive surgeon, among others, may be called on to help resolve a number of reconstructive problems present in the immunosuppressed kidney recipients. This study presents our experience with 41 kidney recipients who needed plastic surgical treatment. Patients were placed into one of three study groups according to the type of posttransplant surgical condition. Group 1 included 17 patients with posttraumatic wound healing problems; group 2, 17 patients with skin tumors; and group 3, 7 patients with other posttransplant surgical complications. Only two of these patients had early posttransplant wound dehiscence; the remaining patients suffered late complications. In conclusion, the kidney recipient can successfully undergo minor or major reconstructive procedures. The possibility of surgical problems arising during the early posttransplant period presents increased complication rates, possibly due to high immunosuppressive drug levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4218-4222
Number of pages5
JournalTransplantation proceedings
Issue number10
StatePublished - Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation


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