Recommendation ID

Further research on robot-assisted kidney transplant should include studies comparing robot-assisted kidney transplant with open surgery. This should collect data on patient selection, warm ischaemia times, the need for conversion to open surgery, graft function, and long-term graft and patient survival.

Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)

Current evidence on the safety and efficacy of robot-assisted kidney transplant is limited in quantity and quality. For patients with obesity who would not otherwise be able to have a kidney transplant without an unacceptable risk of morbidity, this procedure should only be used with special arrangements for clinical governance, consent, and audit or research. In patients for whom open kidney transplant surgery is suitable, this procedure should only be used in the context of research.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Robot-assisted kidney transplant
Date issued
April 2018

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? Yes  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   Yes  
Last Reviewed 30/04/2018