you’re a smoker, you’ll be asked to stop smoking. If you drink alcohol, even in
moderation, you’ll be instructed to abstain until you have fully recovered from
surgery and receive clearance from your surgeon. You also may need to stop
taking certain medications.
kidney donor surgery is typically scheduled in the morning. You and the kidney
recipient will be admitted into the hospital’s pre-op area two hours before
surgery, where your family may accompany you. An IV will be placed, and your
abdominal area may need to be shaved.
you’re taken into the operating room, your family will be asked to wait in the
surgical waiting area, where the kidney donor coordinator will discuss a plan
to keep them updated on the progress of your surgery.
expert anesthesiologists will administer sedation through the IV to put you to
sleep. Once you are asleep, they will insert a tube in your throat that will
connect to a machine that helps you breathe (ventilator). They will also insert
a tube (a Foley catheter) into your urethra to allow urine to drain during the
prefer a laparoscopic approach over the traditional open donor surgery because
it’s a minimally invasive procedure. A laparoscopy consists of three small
(¼-inch) incisions through which we insert a camera and other robotic tools to
detach the kidney. Once detached, the kidney can be removed through a 3-inch
incision below the waistline.
total hospital stay will generally be two days. You’ll be able to walk within
24 hours following the kidney donation, but you won’t be discharged until you
can take pain medication by mouth, you can urinate on your own, and you have
completely recovered from the anesthesia. You will also need to demonstrate
acceptable kidney function and be tolerating an oral diet.
is what you can generally expect during your recovery as a kidney donor:
Breeze is an online program from Lahey to help facilitate organ donations from living donors.