Blog | Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Not for the squeamish

We profiled the new field of NOTES (natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery) in ACP Hospitalist a while back. Diseased gallbladders, kidneys and the like were being taken out through mouths, vaginas and other pre-existing holes in the body. Now surgeons at Johns Hopkins have made a great leap forward, removing a kidney from a donor through her vagina and implanting it in her niece. How'd it go? "Easier than childbirth," the donor told the Washington Post. Reportedly, the next expected advance in the field will be to remove usable organs through the rectum. We don't want to know what donors will compare that experience to.