The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning doctors not to use Weck Hem-o-Lok Ligating Clips for the ligation of the renal artery during laparoscopic living-donor nephrectomy, or surgical kidney removal, because of serious risks to the donor. The clips may become dislodged, which can result in uncontrolled bleeding, the need for additional surgery, or death of the donor. The FDA had received reports of 12 injuries and three deaths with the clips during living-donor nephrectomy between 2001 and 2005. In 2006, the FDA issued a contraindication for use during living-donor surgery. However since the contraindication was issued, three more kidney ... Read More
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