Donor nephrectomy

Donor nephrectomy

During a living-donor laparoscopic nephrectomy, two or three very small incisions (ports) about 5 to 12 millimeters in size are used to insert the laparoscopic equipment. A slightly larger, 5- to 7-centimeter incision is made above or below the bellybutton for removal of the kidney. The removal incision may be vertical or horizontal depending on your situation.