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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
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
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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