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Evaluation & Surgery

Living Kidney Donor Evaluation

Living donor evaluation requires a thorough psychological and medical evaluation. A transplant coordinator will guide you through the process, which includes:

  • Blood typing
  • Psychosocial/psychological evaluation
  • Compatibility testing (blood draw)
  • Lab work
  • ECG
  • Chest X-ray
  • Abdominal ultrasound
  • CT scan of your abdomen
  • Echocardiogram
  • A meeting with your team
    • Independent living donor advocate
    • Transplant social worker
    • Transplant dietitian
    • Transplant nephrologist
    • Transplant surgeon
    • Transplant coordinator
    • Transplant nurse

Depending on your age and risk, cancer screening through your primary care physician is required. This may include colonoscopy, mammogram, pap smear or prostate exam.

Living Donor Surgery

The procedure for living donor surgery at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital is called hand-assisted laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. This requires a 3-to 5-inch incision around your naval with two or three 1-inch incisions in the abdominal area. The surgeon removes the kidney by hand through the midline incision.

You will stay in the hospital for two to four days, and recovery lasts about three to four weeks. You cannot lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for six weeks after surgery.