Before Donation Surgery
About a week before the surgery date, you and your recipient will have blood drawn for a final tissue matching, as well as HIV and hepatitis testing.
Day Before Surgery – Day One in the Hospital
The day before your donation surgery, you will be asked to check in to the hospital, usually in the afternoon.
When you arrive, the nurses will show you to the room you will use during your stay. Once you are comfortable, the doctors and nurses will conduct a final examination. You can expect to have blood drawn, a chest X-ray and EKG performed 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. 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. As with most surgeries, you will not be allowed to eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery.