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What happens before surgery for a living kidney donation?

Before surgery for a living kidney donation, the recipient and the donor go to the transplant clinic one day before surgery. All the pre-operative tests will be done at this time as well as the pre-surgery education.

The medication to keep the recipient from rejecting the new kidney (immunosuppressive medication) will be started that day. Both the recipient and donor will only be able to have a clear, liquid diet that evening and nothing to eat or drink after midnight. The surgeons will see the recipient and donor in the clinic that day. The recipient's nephrologist will also be present to make sure the recipient is prepared for the transplant.

The morning of the surgery, recipient and donor will arrive at the hospital. The donor will be taken to the operating room an hour before the recipient. The surgeries will occur in rooms side by side and will end close to the same time.

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