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Open Live Donor Nephrectomy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

Open live donor nephrectomy is surgery to remove a kidney for transplant to another person. Open surgery is done through 1 incision in your side.

Kidney, Ureters, Bladder


Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

Seek care immediately if:

Call your surgeon or nephrologist if:


You may need any of the following:


Avoid doing intense physical activities, such as heavy lifting, pulling, and pushing. You may also need to limit your movements, especially bending your back. Ask when you can return to your normal activities.

Care for your surgery area as directed:

Follow up with your surgeon or nephrologist as directed:

You will need to return to have your wounds checked and the stitches removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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