How long does it take to recover from being a kidney donor?

Good Question. About 90% of living kidney donations in the us are done using laparoscopic techniques. Most donors stay in the hospital 2-4 days; recuperate at home for an additional 2-4 weeks, and return to work after that. The time may be longer for some people, or for those who work in physically demanding jobs.
Not too long. If the operation goes smoothly and the donor is motivated to bounce back quickly, the recovery is quite rapid. Most of our donors go home 2 days after surgery and are back to work in less than a month----but everyone's different and there are no guarantees in life.