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Division of Transplantation

Information for Transplant Donors

Laparoscopic Donor Surgery is available at Downstate Medical Center

SUNY Downstate is among the premier transplant centers performing laparoscopic donor nephrectomies for living donor surgery. Using this technique, surgeons are able to remove the donor’s kidney using a laparoscope which requires only a small incision in the lower abdomen of the donor. Laparoscopic surgery results in much less post-operative pain than traditional donor surgeries and also results in minimal scarring. The donor is usually discharged from the hospital one to two days after surgery and is usually able to return to work within two to three weeks.