Cedars-Sinai Medical Center offers kidney donors a minimally invasive surgery, called laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy. This procedure allows a kidney to be removed through a small opening. The laparoscopic nephrectomy procedure allows for fewer risks and a shorter recovery time compared to traditional surgical techniques.
Typically, the donor is able to leave the hospital the day after surgery. This advanced surgical technique may be an option for potential kidney donors, and interested donors should ask their surgical team about this option.