A major concern of any potential donor is pain. Donors who have undergone laparoscopic surgery will tell you that there is little to no pain as a result of this procedure. And it is absolutely true that normally you should be up and about very quickly. Laparoscopic surgery does involve pumping lots of gas into you, so you will have to “deflate” after the surgery and the gas pains are uncomfortable to say the least. A nurse recounted that a previous patient told her he wished he could take a pin and prick himself and deflate like a balloon. After a few hours I knew what he meant. This does not mean laparoscopic is best for everyone. For a description of the types of kidney surgery, medical sites are the best source of information. Please click here.