Recovery & Follow-Up

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The donor is hospitalized after the kidney donation for about 2 to 4 days. The donor should not drive for 10 days after the procedure and should not lift anything weighing more than 10 pounds for the first 2 to 3 weeks after the surgery and nothing weighing more than 25 pounds for 6 weeks after the surgery. Within three to four weeks after surgery, the donor may return to work, depending on the physical requirements of the job.

The donor commonly experiences some bloating and constipation early on after the kidney donation procedure. They may experience some fatigue or loss of stamina for up to 6 weeks.

In all cases, the donor is required to spend seven to 14 days in the local area after the surgery. During this time, the donor will have at least one outpatient clinic appointment to check surgical healing and to assess kidney function.

Long-Term Follow-Up after Kidney Donation

A few weeks after surgery, the donor’s remaining kidney will have increased in size and will be doing the work of two kidneys. A kidney donor is expected to have a normal quality of life and life expectancy. Like all other healthy persons, a donor should have a yearly blood pressure check and periodic evaluation of kidney function (a urinalysis and blood tests) every year. . These tests are part of any routine physical examination, and the donor’s regular physician can perform them.