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Open Live Donor Nephrectomy


Open live donor nephrectomy is surgery to remove a kidney for transplant to another person.



  • Medicines may be given to help decrease pain and prevent or treat an infection. Ask your healthcare provider how to take prescription pain medicine safely. Stool softeners make it easier for you to have a bowel movement.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider 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.


  • 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.
  • Do not let your stitches get wet unless your healthcare provider says it is okay. Ask when you can bathe, shower, or swim.

Wound care:

Care for your wound as directed. You may need to wash the wound carefully with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty. You may have medical tape on your incision. Keep the tape clean and dry. As it starts to peel off, let it fall off by itself. Do not pull it off.

Contact your healthcare provider or nephrologist if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have blood in your urine.
  • You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.
  • Your skin is itchy, swollen, or has a rash.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You feel lightheaded, short of breath, and have chest pain.
  • You cough up blood.
  • Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
  • Blood soaks through your bandage.
  • You have trouble having a bowel movement or urinating.
  • Your incision is swollen, red, has pus coming from it, or the stitches have come apart.

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