This is my last project for my Surgical Illustration class. I’m depicting here a Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy of the left kidney. This kidney was being removed from a woman in her 30′s. The smaller image is the adrenal gland being dissected from the kidney with robotics. The larger image is one of the final steps, after it’s removed and is placed on a bed of ice. The kidney is then flushed with a saline solution mixture through the Renal artery to remove all the blood. During this time the color of the kidney transitions from a reddish blue to a tan color, signifying the blood leaving the organ.
I was truly moved by this procedure. Not only because it was my last time being in the OR for this class, but because medicine is amazing! I could feel the connection between everyone all helping each other, from the surgeon to the woman donating. All the times going in seeing people being saved, it finally hit me with this one. It literally brought tears to my eyes seeing everyone work so hard (yes I know, I’m too sappy). I’m just glad I can document this kind work through medical illustration.
I chose to illustrate this to accompany a journal article as a full-page image insert. The audience would be medical professionals. All rendering was done in Photoshop, with my original sketch kept in the illustration.