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After surgery you will wake up in the recovery room. You will remain in the recovery room until the anesthesia has worn off.
Upon awakening you will have:
The Hospital Stay
Once awake, you will be taken to a hospital room. The expected length of stay for open nephrectomy is four days; for the laparoscopic procedure, the hospital stay is usually two days.
During the hospital stay you will be encouraged to cough and deep take a deep breath every two hours. You will be given an incentive spirometer, a plastic device that helps expand the lungs and prevent pneumonia. Most donors find it helpful to use a pillow to splint or apply pressure over the incision for comfort while coughing and deep breathing.
The nursing staff will assist the donor with getting out of bed until he/she is able to do so independently. Expect to get out of bed the day after surgery. The staff will also assist the donor to walk the day after surgery. Once you are fully ambulatory, the compression stockings can be removed.