The authors found that a fixed (permanent, not rotating) surgical team comprised of two experienced* surgeons results in shorter operative time, lower estimated blood loss and shorter length of hospital stay for the living kidney donor.
The study also found that proficient assistance (ie. non-surgeon personnel in the OR) is independently associated with those positive results as well. By “independent” the authors mean that that regardless of the surgeon, the quality of the nurses, anesthetist etc affects the results of the procedure.
Just another reason to ask questions about your prospective surgeon prior to donation. Remember: a living donor is has the right to choose her/his surgeon.
*No idea from the abstract what the definitions of “experienced” or “proficient” are.
Özdemir-van Brunschot, D., Warlé, M., van der Jagt, M., Grutters, J., van Horne, S., Kloke, H., van der Vliet, J., Langenhuijsen, J., & d’Ancona, F. (2014). Surgical team composition has a major impact on effectiveness and costs in laparoscopic donor nephrectomy World Journal of Urology DOI: 10.1007/s00345-014-1428-9