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kidney donor evaluation is complete and the donor team clears you to donate, the operations for you and the recipient will be scheduled. You will have an appointment with the surgeon usually
one week before your operation. During this appointment, you and the surgeon will talk about the type of kidney operation you will have.
There are two types of operations:
A 4-inch incision (cut) is made on your side, about 2 inches back from the tip of the 11th rib and extending 2 inches forward, toward the front of the abdomen.
Depending on the blood supply of your kidneys, either the right or left kidney is removed along with all its blood vessels and its ureter (the tube that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder).
Your remaining kidney will then begin to take on some of the work that was previously performed by both kidneys.
Staples are used to close the incision; they will be removed 7 to 10 days after the surgery and we suggest that your family doctor removes these staples.
This operation lasts about 1 1/2 hours and the hospital stay is usually 3 to 5 days.
Three or four small, 1/2 inch incisions are made in the upper left part of the abdomen, to allow access for a small camera and operating instruments.
An incision about 4 inches in length is made in the lower abdomen, and the kidney is carefully removed. A television screen is used to monitor the surgery.
Sutures are used to close the incisions and the skin is closed with Steri-Strips. This operation takes about 3 1/2 hours to complete and the hospital stay is usually 3 – 5 days.
Read our guide below to learn more about your kidney donor surgery, or click on the topic that matters most to you. If you have questions or need more information, talk to our transplant assessment coordinator.
Please stop eating and drinking by midnight on the night before your operation. Your stomach needs to be empty.
You will be admitted to the hospital the morning of your operation (usually at 6:00 am).
Surgical Admission Unit (SAU)Toronto General Hospital
Peter Munk Building – 2nd Floor, Room 310 TGH Maps & Directions
All hospital entrances are open by 6 am. However, the University Ave. entrance is easiest to access.
Every effort will be made to arrange a date and time for your operation that is best for you. However, operations may be cancelled if medical issues exist with the donor or the recipient. Sometimes, there are circumstances beyond our control that may require the operation to be cancelled or postponed.
You and your family may feel shock, disappointment, and sadness when this happens. All of these feelings are normal. You should call your transplant assessment coordinator to talk about any concerns you have about a cancellation.
Read the links below to learn more.
Learn more about your stay
Call your living donor coordinator at 416 340 4800 ext. 4848.
Before you leave the hospital we will arrange your follow-up clinic appointments. A detailed plan will be given to you, based on your progress and your doctor's recommendations.
WhenAbout 4 to 6 weeks after your operation
WhereToronto General HospitalPlease check your appointment card for location.
What to ExpectThe surgeon will determine how your incision is healing and how well you are recovering.
WhenThree months after your surgery, you will see the nephrologist (kidney doctor) who assessed you pre-operatively for a check-up.
WhereMulti-Care Kidney ClinicToronto General HospitalNorman Urquhart Building – 12th Floor
How to PrepareYou will be sent requisitions to do blood and urine tests 1 week before the scheduled appointment.
Following your 3-month check-up appointment, you will be discharged back to the care of your family doctor. It is suggested that you see your family doctor for a yearly blood pressure check, serum (blood) creatinine level, and a urinalysis.
The donor team will be on hand to talk about any concerns or answer any questions that you might have throughout the donation process.
To change an appointment, call the living donor coordinator at 416 340 4800 ext. 4848.
Your primary contact will be your living donor coordinator at 416 340 4800 ext. 4848.
If you have an emergency, please go to the closest emergency room or call 911.
Call our living donor coordinator at 416 340 4800 ext. 4848.
Talk to your living donor coordinator about email options. A consent form is required.