Objectives: To describe a technique for retrieval of abdominal organs from a cadaveric donor and to report the outcomes of 59 cases at a single center.
Methods: We retrospectively analyzed data from 59 cadaveric organ retrieval operations between 2016 and 2021. The internal transverse fascia incision technique was used in all cases.
Results: Of the 59 patients 37 was male and 22 was female. Median intensive care unit stay was 10 days. The technique provided good exposure for abdominal closure, allowing for the retrieval of the liver, kidneys, and spleen. Aesthetic results and respect for the donor's body were also achieved.
Conclusion: Internal transverse fascia and vertical skin incision is a feasible and efficient method for abdominal organ procurement in cadaveric donors. Further studies are needed to validate and compare technique to other established methods.