Tuesdays with … August 18, 2014

Here’s your Tuesdays with…. update for those in need of a kidney transplant and their advocates. It is a short one this week. You could use the following information and email to family members, friends and post on your Facebook page and other social media outlets. You could also include additional information about your health, progress and other activities. If this is your first Tuesdays with… update, click here to learn how to use Tuesdays with… to expand on your Kidney Kampaign.

Does the procedure hurt? How long is the surgery? Will I be in pain during my recovery period? How is the surgery performed? These are some of the  questions I am asked during conversations with others about becoming a living kidney donor.

I found the answers and a thorough explanation of the procedure on the Living Kidney Donor Network’s website (http://www.LKDN.org).

Advances in laparoscopic surgery have made laparoscopic donor nephrectomy the surgical procedure of choice for removing the kidney from the donor. The laparoscopic procedure has significant benefits over the open surgical procedure for kidney donation. 

Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure. It uses a camera called a laparoscope to view inside the the abdominal cavity. Surgeons use the laparoscope, which transmits pictures of the internal organs onto a monitor which guides the surgical team during the procedure.

Carbon dioxide is passed through one of the incisions during the procedure to lift the abdominal wall away from the organs below, allowing more operating space for the surgeons. The other surgical instruments are then inserted through other small incisions.

The kidney is removed through an approximate 3 to 4 inch incision in the bikini area. Laparoscopic donor nephrectomy is a minimally invasive procedure. Patients experience significantly less discomfort, have a shorter recovery period and return to work quicker than a donor who has had traditional open surgery.

Many donors are discharged from the hospital as early as the day after surgery, or 1 to 2 days later.
I hope this gives you a better understanding of the donation process, and you will consider assisting me in finding a living donor.

There is one more important fact to remember: the donation process is a major surgical procedure and should be considered so throughout any and all discussions of donation.

 (You could also provide some info about your health, dialysis, your energy level, something you and your family are doing together or an experience you’ve had at the transplant hospital.)

I am very grateful for the continued support I’m receiving from family members and friends and will continue to keep you up to date on my progress.

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Until next week, we wish you the best in your journey.

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Harvey Mysel, Founder & President

Harvey established the LKDN after recognizing the need for better resources while pursuing a successful living kidney transplant in 2006. Our purpose is to share knowledge and build the confidence to enable the life changing benefits of living donation. Click here to learn more about Harvey.

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