How does living donation affect the donor?

Following kidney donation, the remaining kidney grows bigger and functions much harder. After the donor recovers from surgery, the donor can continue to live a normal life. The recovery for the laparascopic procedure is usually 2 to 3 weeks while the recovery for the open nephrectomy may take 4 to 6 weeks.  

After being discharged from the hospital, the donor should observe the following:

  • Avoid lifting more than 10 pounds for the first 6 weeks;
  • Increase fluid intake and walking to avoid constipation related to pain medications;
  • Take pain medications as prescribed by the physician;
  • Avoid NSAID’S such as Aleve, Nuprin, Advil , Motrin and Ibuprofen;
  • Have an adequate follow up with the doctor following laboratory tests;
  • Report any concerns to the transplant physician or coordinator.