Renal grafts from live donors represent an important source for transplantation of end stage renal failure patients. Postoperative short- and long-term comfort is essential. Laparoscopic nephrectomy was performed in 22 cases. The left kidney was preferred for optimal length of the vessels. One procedure was converted to open surgery because of venous bleeding. Warm ischemia time varied between 4 and 7.5 min. Urine production started peroperatively in all cases, and the renal function was excellent. Shoulder pain 1-3 days postoperatively was observed in seven patients; the rest were comfortable on peroral non-opioid analgesia. The patients were discharged at postoperative days 3-9, and returned to work 2-4 weeks later as compared to 4-8 weeks after open nephrectomy at our centre. Laparoscopic donor nephrectomy in the hands of experienced laparoscopic and transplant surgeons is a safe operation with less discomfort to the living kidney donor.