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Tuesdays with … December 15, 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.

The holiday season is known for giving. As I continue my pursuit to find a donor who will give me their kidney, I am asked what the procedure is to donate a kidney.

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 abdominal cavity. A surgeon uses the laparoscope to transmit pictures of the internal organs onto a monitor and 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 to give more operating space for the surgeons. 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.
Patients experience significantly less discomfort, have a shorter recovery period, and return to work quicker with laparoscopic surgery 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.

Perhaps you can share my need for a kidney transplant with some of your online contacts. It is not unusual for a donor to donate a kidney to someone they didn’t know beforehand. Social media, e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn and even email has made these types of introductions much easier. It’s like looking for employment when you are out of work. There isn’t just one way to find that job, you need to explore many different outlets. My search for a kidney donor is very similar. I’m sure you would help if I were looking for employment. This search is even more important.

 (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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