Innovative Kidney/Liver Transplant Is Less Invasive

Every day about 79 people receive a life-saving organ transplant. However, about 123,000 Americans are still on an organ donation waiting list, and another 100 go on the list every day.

Kidney, liver and heart transplants are among the most common.

Dr. Ajay Sahajpal of Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center is the first surgeon in the United States to use an innovative En Bloc technique. The combined kidney and liver transplant is less invasive and has a shorter recovery time. The donated kidney and liver are stitched together outside of the recipient and then implanted through one incision.

To learn more about the new en bloc technique and organ donation, view the video report.


One organ donor can touch 75 lives. To become an organ donor in Wisconsin, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Donor Registry. If you live in another state, visit

Meet the Author

Ajay Sahajpal, MD is a board-certified transplant and hepatobiliary surgeon specializing in liver, kidney, and pancreas transplants and complex cancer surgery at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI.

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