Kidney transplantation part 40

Kidney 13

 

WHAT HAPPENS DURING A LIVING KIDNEY DONOR TRANSPLANT?

After surgery

After the transplant surgery your living kidney donor will feel some pain around their wound. They will be given medication to help with this.

The length of time that your living donor will need to stay in hospital may be around four to ten days.

They will then need up to six weeks of recovery time at home. It is recommended that your living kidney donor does not drive a car until six weeks after the surgery. They should also avoid any heavy lifting for six weeks.

Living donors who have laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery often recover quicker than livening donors who have an open nephrectomy, Everyone’s experience is different so it is important to talk about recovery with the health care team, family and friends.

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