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After a splenectomy how long will I need to stay in the hospital?

After a splenectomy how long will I need to stay in the hospital?

2-5 days: It depends on whether the operation is performed via minimally invasive surgery (2-3 days) or via traditional "open" surgery (4-5 days). Of course, these are just averages, and situations can arise that may delay discharge. ...Read more

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Dr. Jon Krook
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Splenectomy (Definition)

Spleen removal (splenectomy) is surgery to remove a diseased or damaged spleen. This organ is in the upper part of your belly, on the left side. It helps your body fight germs and infections. It also ...Read more


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Is an open splenectomy a very long procedure?

Is an open splenectomy a very long procedure?

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 more

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Are there any long-term effects of having a splenectomy?

Are there any long-term effects of having a splenectomy?

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 more

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How long is the recovery for a splenectomy?

How long is the recovery for a splenectomy?

Depends: If it is open or laparoscopic surgery. May be 1-3 weeks for most light activities and 4-6 weeks before full normal activities. ...Read more

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How long after a splenectomy would it be safe to go to a concert?

How long after a splenectomy would it be safe to go to a concert?

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

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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

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

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What kind of shots are you supposed to get after a splenectomy?

What kind of shots are you supposed to get after a splenectomy?

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

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What are some of the complications of chemotherapy after splenectomy?

What are some of the complications of chemotherapy after splenectomy?

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

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Will having a splenectomy leave a big scar?

Will having a splenectomy leave a big scar?

It depends.: Splenectomy can now be performed safely via minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, leaving a scar only 1-2 inches long. When done via the traditional "open" approach, the scar may be 6-8 inches long on average. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the risks during splenectomy?

Doctors, what are the risks during splenectomy?

Infections: Surgery for spleen removal for traumatic injury or hypersplenism is usually innocuous. Since the spleen contains lymphocytes necessary to help the immune system control infection, one frequently immunizes post surgery with pneumococcal vaccine. ...Read more