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Donors usually stay in the hospital for four to seven days after surgery. Although recovery time varies, most donors can resume normal activity one month after surgery and can return to work within six weeks. It is important to talk to your doctor about what to expect.

Every transplant hospital is required to report data on the health and status of living donors at certain time frames up to two years after donation. The information learned about donor outcomes can help future potential living donors make informed decisions. Ask the staff at the transplant program about their follow-up procedures, including office visits and laboratory tests.

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