What is the recovery like for kidney donor surgery?

The recovery process for a living donor is very quick. Usually, after 1-2 days, the donor can return home to monitor things themselves.

After surgery, kidney donors spend several hours in the recovery room. Once awake and stable, they return to their hospital room, and family and friends may visit there. Most donors are in the hospital for two to three days following surgery. A return visit usually occurs three to four weeks after the surgery. In most cases, donors experience some discomfort in the incision area and receive pain medication for the first few days following surgery.

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