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How long will I need to stay in hospital if I become a live kidney donor?

Jeffrey L. Veale, MD
Urology
With laparoscopic surgery, live kidney donor operations have changed dramatically. In the past, donors would have a large incision often removing a piece of rib, and remain in hospital for one-week.
 
Now with laparoscopic donor surgery, it's a very small incision (called a Pfannenstiel), and most donors leave hospital the following day.

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