Surgery Day – Day One in the Hospital
The day of your donation surgery, you will be asked to check in to the hospital, usually in the early morning.
When you arrive, you will be admitted into the hospital and taken to the pre-operation area. Once you are comfortable, the doctors and nurses will conduct a final examination. You can expect to have blood drawn and an IV placed in your arm. These final health checks help our transplant staff to know that you are in excellent health for donation. You will meet with your transplant surgeon prior to being taken into the operating room. This is also a good time for you to ask any last minute questions, and to openly talk about any concerns you may have before surgery.
Most donor surgeries are scheduled for early morning. To prepare you for surgery, you will be taken to a pre-surgical area and given medicine to help you relax. When the transplant team is ready, you will be taken into surgery. Your recipient will follow you to surgery a short time later and be placed in an adjacent operating room. If you are able to have laparoscopic surgery, you can expect the procedure to last about three hours. Once the kidney you are donating is removed, it will be placed into the recipient's body. You will then be taken to the surgical recovery room where you can expect to stay for one to two hours.
After your observation time in the recovery room, you will be taken back to your room in the Transplant Unit where family and friends are welcome to visit. While in your room, you will be closely monitored by our transplant team to ensure you are recovering well, have little stomach upset and are able to eat, use the bathroom and pass gas and are free from infection.