The effect of preoperative carbohydrate intake on length of stay and postoperative recovery following laparoscopic living donor nephrectomy

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols are applied in many surgical procedures and often involve preoperative carbohydrate intake. Research surrounding the utility of ERAS in living donor nephrectomy is limited. The objective of this study was to identify whether living kidney donors who received preoperative oral carbohydrates experienced a difference in length of hospital stay (LOS), duration of time required to resume regular oral food and fluid intake, and incidence of gastrointestinal (GI) complications following laparoscopic nephrectomy compared to historical control donors who underwent preoperative fasting.