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Ardavan Akhavan, MD

A Minimally Invasive Robotic Approach To Repairing an Obstructed Kidney

When 4-year-old Kelsey Jenkins was diagnosed with a blockage in the space between her ureter and kidney—the ureteropelvic junction—she was given two operative options at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center: an open procedure which requires a long, open-flank incision and a 2-to-4-night hospital stay, or a minimally invasive laparoscopic approach that requires three small incisions and a 1-night hospital stay.

Surgeons John Gearhart, left, and Paul Sponseller have restored urinary continence—the gold standard for success in CE repair—in 90 percent of their patients

Conquering Cloacal Exstrophy

On May 5, 2010 — their five-year-wedding anniversary — Meagan Cline, a nurse, and Brandon Cline, a science teacher, went for a routine prenatal ultrasound. The Mississippi couple, who’d been struggling with infertility, was expecting a child and eager to find out if they were having a boy or a girl.

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