(WHAS11) -- A new procedure can benefit those suffering from kidney failure. The procedure removes the kidney through one tiny incision.
It's the first time this kidney surgery has ever been done in the state and it happened over at University Hospital.
After less than a month patient Helen Shepard,51, is already back at work at the Portland Kroger. She is the first person in Ky. to undergo a minimally invasive kidney removal.
"Modern Medicine, you can do wonderful and amazing things these days and that's a beautiful thing," said Shepard.
Dr. Murali Ankem, director of eurology department, performed the surgery and said that typically several incisions would be made.
"We have long instruments and some instruments bend inside and are flexible . So we use all the special equipment that's available at University Hospital," said Ankem.
Ankem said that women and children, small in size with kidney failure are best suited for this surgery.
"It still hurts and I get a little bit of pain. Other than that I'm back and feisty," said Shepard.
Ankem has already performed a second surgery of this kind and if all goes well he said it will be used in other surgeries like removing prostate glands or the bladder.