To give patients a kidney from a healthy donor, surgeons perform laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy.
Over the last several years, The Johns Hopkins Hospital has developed one of the largest series of laparoscopic donor nephrectomy cases around the world. When compared to open surgery, laparoscopic donor nephrectomy has resulted in significantly less postoperative pain, a shorter hospital stay, earlier return to work and daily activities, and a more favorable cosmetic result.
- Learn more about kidney donation and nephrectomy in our health library.
- Read pre- and postoperative instruction for kidney donation.