You may be asked to come to the hospital a day or two prior to surgery. During this time, additional routine tests will be performed. On surgery day, you and the recipient will be admitted and prepped for surgery.
During your donation surgery, you will be given anesthesia and "put to sleep." The surgeon removes the healthy kidney along with the artery, vein and ureter. The surgery may last 2 to 3 hours.
We offer laparoscopic surgery at Memorial. A laparoscopic nephrectomy is a minimally-invasive procedure in which the surgeon makes a few small incisions, called ports, around a central incision near the belly button. A telescope with a tiny camera on the end is inserted through one of the ports and transmits an enlarged microscopic image to a video screen to guide the surgeon during the surgery.
We offer this type of surgery to minimize pain and scarring and as well as reduce the amount of recovery time needed after surgery.