SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Division of Transplantation
The Recovery Period
After the surgery you will feel tired from the operation and anesthesia. You will probably experience some pain from the incision, however, you will be given pain medication to relieve the discomfort. Please do not hesitate to ask for pain medication if you need it. The discomfort decreases over time, and as you become more active, the pain will decrease more quickly.
You will be encouraged to get out of bed and ambulate on the first day after the surgery. You may drink on the morning after surgery and begin to eat by that afternoon. Intravenous fluids will be administered to you in the meantime. The average length of hospital stay for the donor is usually 2 - 3 days.
As the incision heals, the pain will become less severe, but tenderness, tingling, and itching may continue for a number of weeks. You will be asked to return to see the doctor within one week of discharge from the hospital for follow up.