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After A Splenectomy How Long Will I Need To Stay In The Hospital
No.: The operative time for an open splenectomy is between 60-90 minutes. The recovery time includes a 4-5 day hospital stay and 3-4 weeks before returning to normal activities. In contrast, a laparoscopic splenectomy may take longer but the recovery times are cut in half. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: You will be at an increased risk of infection by encapsulated bacteria. These are strep pneumonia, hemophilus influenza, and neisseria meningitidis. There is a small lifetime risk of post-splenectomy sepsis which can be deadly. It is important to be vaccinated against the above organisms and maintain those vaccines through your lifetime. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's not the music..: ..It's the crowd that I am more concerned about. I would consider attending a concert about equivalent to driving--when your surgeon has given you clearance to drive, you are probably "good to go"--of course, you could ask him/her about concerts, as well, at that time. If the operation was done laparoscopically, a week may be adequate; if "open", two weeks may be more realistic. ...Read more
How long can you live without spleen? Higher chance of cancer or serious life issues? Had a splenectomy. Am 20 years old want to live to 80
Having no spleen: is not uncommon, many people don't, either born without, lose it to a disease or trauma ,get it urgically removed,or due to other conditions,vaccines against pneumococcus,meningitis and h. Flu should be administered, others like flu shots every year would be needed, antibiotics should be started as soon as infection is suspected, keep antibiotics handy when you travel, follow up with doctor often, ...Read more
3 shots: You should get shots for meningococcus, hemophilus, and Pneumococcus bacterias. They all posses a capsule that normally the spleen will take care of. ...Read more
OPSS, aka...: ...Overwhelming post-splenectomy sepsis. The spleen is a filter that removes old blood cells and certain (encapsulated) bacteria from the bloodstream. Therefore, people without a spleen are prone to certain infections (although there are vaccines for these). Chemotherapy inherently weakens the immune system's response to infection. Therefore, the 2 combined may increase infection risk. ...Read more
Accessory spleen: About 10 percent of people have an accessory spleen. In some cases, this can also be due to part of the original spleen taking hold and growing as an autotransplant, also called splenosis. These accessory spleens can be functional, and depending on the reason for the original splenectomy, this may be of clinical significance or not. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Three main and flu: Three main vaccines apply significantly for people with surgical or functional (sickle cell, etc) asplenia. Haemophilus, pneuomoccus and menigococcal vaccines. Each should be given 14 days before splenectomy if possible, and if not at least 14 after surgery. You should also get the flu shot yearly as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
You're okay: I'm sorry you needed to have your spleen removed. Whether for tumor staging, treatment of injury, or some other cause, you can eat what seems right to you. Sensible people avoid the very greasy, very sugary, and very salty stuff but this is about general health. I'm glad you're asking for good health advice, and hope you'll always stay proactive. ...Read more
I know a splenectomy can cause diabetes but how will it affect someone who is already a diabetic?
May vary: It has been suggested that the spleen harbors stem cells that act as precursors to insulin-producing pancreas cells, and post-splenectomy patients may have worsening hyperglycemia. Splenectomy does not "cause" diabetes, but may aggravate blood sugar control over the long term. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a partial splenectomy. Can the spleen can regenerate and how can I know if it's been regenerated?
Yes, it can: Regenerate, both in function and size, but it would depend on the volume of splenic tissue you have left and its blood supply. In order to assess size, an imaging test such as ultrasound would be necessary. In order to assess function, sometimes blood work can help, but immune function cannot be assessed readily. Ask a hematologist for specific advice. ...Read more
Splenectomy in june.Told when sick if i had a fever to immediately go to the dr. How high of a temp and why is it so important to go immediately?
No spleen: You need a lower threshold to see a dr because persons without a spleen are more predisposed to certain bacterial infections ( particularly encapsulated ones). Most say a temperature over 100.4f is worthy of a check over by your dr or an urgent care--next time you see him/her, clarify. Also, be sure you got your pneumonia shot (probably before hospital discharge). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Good morning I had an emergency splenectomy 20 years ago and now have a work opportunity in a high malaria area of Mozambique. What are the risks?
Better not go: and I hope that you are taking all the precautions as regards infections risks otherwise: immunizations, low dose antibiotics, etc.It might be a good opportunity for your career,but the risks are high, check the following link for general information, you may contact the CDC as well for advice, http://patient.info/health/preventing-infection-after-splenectomy-or-if-you-do-not-have-a-working-spleen ...Read more
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