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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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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

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Why is my spleen growing back after splenectomy?

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 more

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Which vaccinations will I need after splenectomy?

Which vaccinations will I need after splenectomy?

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 more

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Can the spleen regenerate after partial splenectomy?

Heals: Not much regeneration occurs. The function of the remaining part is likely quite adequate. With full splenectomy, followup,is important. ...Read more

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Does splenectomy prevent recurrent episodes of hemolysis?

Does splenectomy prevent recurrent episodes of hemolysis?

Maybe: Splenectomy is indicated if hemolytic anemia is not responsive to other measures. It may stop hemolysis, but hemolysis can recur at a later time. ...Read more

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After a splenectomy does another organ take over from the spleen?

After a splenectomy does another organ take over from the spleen?

No: There is no organ that can replace all of the functions of the spleen. Most importantly, after splenectomy, there is a risk for post-splenectomy sepsis (overwhelming infection). ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what food must be prevented after splenectomy?

Can anyone tell me what food must be prevented after splenectomy?

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

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I know a splenectomy can cause diabetes but how will it affect someone who is already a diabetic?

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 more

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I had a partial splenectomy. Can the spleen can regenerate and how can I know if it's been regenerated?

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

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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?

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 more

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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?

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