What else do I need to think about?

As well as finding out if you are a suitable donor, you need to think about practical things.

Donating a kidney involves an operation. 

You will be in hospital for 3–5 days after your operation. 

You will need time off work to recover from the operation. Depending on how you recover, you can expect to get back to your normal activities within 6–12 weeks. 

You will need to organise things at home such as someone to look after your children or pets.