SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Division of Transplantation
You will probably be able to fully resume your normal activities and even return to work about 2-3 weeks after the surgery. During this time, you should not lift anything heavier than 20 pounds.
Driving may be permitted 1 week after the surgery.
Sexual activity can be resumed as soon as you feel comfortable after discharge from the hospital. Donating a kidney will not affect your sexual nature or activity, however, some positions may be more comfortable than others in the early postoperative period. Donating a kidney will not affect your diet or fluid intake. You may eat and drink as you always have, but it is recommended that you not add extra salt to your food.
Donating a kidney does not prevent women from having children or men from fathering children.
There are no long term restrictions on physical activities except that rough contact sports which could cause injury to your remaining kidney should be avoided.
It is recommended that all kidney donors see their doctor once a year for a routine check up. This may be done through your private medical doctor or through University Hospital. The transplant surgeons will discuss these and other issues with you at the time of discharge.
Once you have recovered from the transplant surgery, you can lead the same normal, active life that you did prior to surgery with only one kidney. Thousands of transplants are performed every year and thousands of people live long, healthy lives with only one kidney.
Remember though that You are extra special ...You have given a loved one the greatest gift... the Gift of Life.