Summary

Laparoscopic donor nephrectomy is technically demanding but nonetheless feasible, and can be performed with morbidity and mortality rates comparable to those of open nephrectomy, with marked improvements in patient recovery after the laparoscopic approach. The procedure is best performed only by surgeons with well developed laparoscopic skills. Laparoscopic donor nephrectomy may improve willingness to donate kidneys and expand the potential pool of organ donors.

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