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Sun, Feb 16 2:15pm · Living Donor Kidney surgery next Tuesday: Any advice? in Transplants

My experience has been very positive. The surgery itself was as expected. Laparoscopic, took about 5 hours. I had quite a bit of pain upon waking up but once I had some heavy duty pain meds on board, I was fine. I went home the following day. Within a few days I was able to control the pain with only Tylenol and I was driving within a week. One complication that is not directly related to the surgery, I developed shingles about two weeks post-op. They were definitely more uncomfortable than recovering from the surgery! I'm now coming up on 4 weeks and pretty much feel back to normal. I find that my energy level isn't quite what it was, but it's getting better every day.

I hear from my recipient's wife every couple of days with progress reports and he is doing fabulous! I have zero regrets about being a living donor and will continue to tell everyone I can about my amazing experience!

Pair #2 of my 7-way chain is scheduled for surgery on March 3 at Mayo Jax!!!

Thu, Jan 23 1:36pm · Living Donor Kidney surgery next Tuesday: Any advice? in Transplants

No surprises for me. The team was great! I had quite a bit of pain immediately after surgery but they were able to get that under control quickly. I’m at home and able to control the pain with Tylenol. Best of luck to you!

Thu, Jan 23 7:30am · Living Donor Kidney surgery next Tuesday: Any advice? in Transplants

My surgery is done and I am now an official ‘one beaner!’ I met the recipient and he is doing great! Thanks for all of the good advice!

Sat, Jan 18 3:46pm · Living Donor Kidney surgery next Tuesday: Any advice? in Transplants

Thanks for the advice and kind words!

Sat, Jan 18 6:44am · Living Donor Kidney surgery next Tuesday: Any advice? in Transplants

Hi Tootsie! Thanks for the invitation! I’ll be a little busy this week (surgery on Tuesday) but I’ll check it out as soon as I’m mobile again!
Earlene

Fri, Jan 17 6:44am · Living Donor Kidney surgery next Tuesday: Any advice? in Transplants

I’m scheduled for surgery next Tuesday in Jacksonville. Any words of advice, lessons learned, etc? I’m excited and just a little nervous. My emotions have been on high alert. I get choked up whenever I talk about it. The idea that my donation will potentially save someone’s life just fills my heart to bursting. I’m the start of a paired exchange chain of 7 transplants. Just WOW!