Pioneering ‘wand’ used in kidney op
A six-year-old boy became the first child in the UK to undergo a keyhole operation on his kidney using a new medical device.
Alexander Pasek was treated at Evelina London after developing hydronephrosis, where one or both kidneys become swollen after a build-up of urine. Surgeon Massimo Garriboli used the FlexDex tool to insert internal stitches after unblocking Alexander’s kidney.
The wand-like device attaches to the surgeon’s wrist and precisely translates his hand, wrist, and arm movements within the patient’s body. Alexander’s mum told Evening Standard and News Shopper that his recovery has been “fantastic”.