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Doctor insights on: How Long Do You Have After A Ruptured Spleen To Get To The Hospital

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Dr. David Greuner Dr. Greuner
Surgery
15 years in practice
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How long should I wait to do heavy lifting after appendectomy for ruptured appendix? I was in hospital for 7 days and it took me about 4 weeks for me to start walking properly I had a open surgery and it is about a 4-5 inch opening on the right side of ac

How long should I wait to do heavy lifting after appendectomy for ruptured appendix? I was in hospital for 7 days and it took me about 4 weeks for me to start walking properly I had a open surgery and it is about a 4-5 inch opening on the right side of ac

In: In general, for uncomplicated surgeries, it is recommended to wait 6-8 weeks prior to lifting anything heavier that a gallon of milk. This is because the tensile strength of a wound is relatively stable at this point. After this, a slow return to normal pre-surgery activity should ensue.

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Dr. Matt Malkin Dr. Malkin
Anesthesiology
12 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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How long do you have after a ruptured spleen to get to the hospital?

How long do you have after a ruptured spleen to get to the hospital?

As fast as possible: The short answer is "until you die." depends on severity of rupture and other factors. If severe, every minute counts.

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Dr. Ken Kingdon Dr. Kingdon
Surgery - Trauma
14 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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How long hospital stay is required for a ruptured spleen?

How long hospital stay is required for a ruptured spleen?

A few days.: If the spleen is only minorly injured and there is only minimal or no bleeding a couple of days is usually enough, as long as it is the only injury. If it is a more major rupture and there has been some bleeding it may be several days. If it has to be removed it will depend on how you do postoperatively but will likely require at least 2 days after surgery and likely more than 2.

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Dr. Randy Stevens Dr. Stevens
Surgery
20 years in practice
Ross University School of Medicine
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How long does one stay in hospital if had a ruptured spleen?

How long does one stay in hospital if had a ruptured spleen?

5-10 days: For a ruptured spleen your doctors will make sure no bleeding occurs. Next you need to be able to eat food and hold it down. They should have removed your ng tube by now. You may have staples in your skin. Those stay in until follow up. Be well and always wear your seat belt.

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Dr. Tracy Berg Dr. Berg
Surgery
28 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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How long do I have to stay in the hospital for a ruptured spleen?

How long do I have to stay in the hospital for a ruptured spleen?

Depends: A ruptured spleen can range from very serious, even life threatening to relatively minor event depending on the reasons for the rupture and the initial care. In general, your team of docs wants to see that your blood counts are stable, your bowels are working, you are willing and able to care for yourself at home, pain is under control. Ok to ask your care team.

Dr. Ken Kingdon Dr. Kingdon
Surgery - Trauma
14 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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How long will someone live from a ruptured spleen?

How long will someone live from a ruptured spleen?

Life: Potentially a full life if bleeding is effectively controlled. Not having a spleen is very unlikely to change ones life span.

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Dr. Mark Pack Dr. Pack
Surgery
27 years in practice
The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
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How long can you go without treating a ruptured spleen?

How long can you go without treating a ruptured spleen?

Depends: Splenic injuries are graded for severity. Less severe injuries may be treated non-operatively. More severe injuries may require emergency surgery.

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner Dr. Hoepfner
Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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How long would it take to realize that you have a ruptured spleen?

How long would it take to realize that you have a ruptured spleen?

Depends: Most of the time ruptured spleen is a result of significant trauma and the abdominal pain would be very noticeable, and the person is evaluated and diagnosed quickly in an emergency room setting. But, I have also seen torn spleen that ruptures days after a neglected injury in someone who did not seek medical evaluation immediately after a significant traumatic injury.

Dr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
Surgery
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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How easy is it to get a ruptured spleen? Is it dangerous?

How easy is it to get a ruptured spleen? Is it dangerous?

Splenic Trauma: The spleen is a relatively fragile organ but it is tucked away & protected by the left lower rib cage in the abdominal cavity. It takes a pretty strong force to rupture a normal spleen, typically due the ribs breaking in that area (car crash, bad fall). The spleen is very well-vascularized--if the trauma is significant, life-threatening bleeding can occur, requiring emergency rx.

Dr. Creighton Wright Dr. Wright
Surgery
52 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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What happens if someone gose into surgery for a ruptured spleen how long is sugary?

Depends: On other trauma, size of spleen, and technical features. If isolated splenectomy get in, do, get out--2 hours?

Dr. Tchaka Shepherd Dr. Shepherd
Surgery - Trauma
19 years in practice
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How long does it take a ruptured spleen to heal without treatment?

Splenic injury: The length of time required for a splenic injury to heal will invariably depend on the grade on the injury (i.e. Severity of the injury). It can take six weeks to several months for a complete recovery.

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Dr. Prashant Sinha Dr. Sinha
Surgery
15 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Ok I had a spleenic infarction the dr told me basically it was a ruptured spleen and should get better and it still hurts after 8 months?

Ok I had a spleenic infarction the dr told me basically it was a ruptured spleen and should get better and it still hurts after 8 months?

Why infarction?: You should find out why you had an infarction. For ex - if you have blood clots in the heart they can continue to cause problems to your spleen. If you now have a cyst in the spleen it may be growing and causing pain. In the absence of fever it is unlikely to be an infection. I would get a ct scan to see if anything has changed in your spleen. It may give clues to your pain or underlying problem.

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil Dr. Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
46 years in practice
University of Sheffield Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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How long it takes to heal a ruptured spleen?

Perhaps 6-12 months: Most ruptured spleens are due to trauma, in which case most of the time they are surgically removed. You can live without a spleen, though it does have some impact of immune function. Iron storage (also done in bone marrow and liver), and old red blood cell destruction (life of an RBC is 100 days). Must avoid any contact sports or further trauma to that area (left upper quadrant of abdomen).

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner Dr. Hoepfner
Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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How long can you live with a ruptured spleen?

How long can you live with a ruptured spleen?

Internal bleeding: A ruptured spleen can have a variable degree of injury. The spleen damage may be minor and heal on its own, or may be a major injury with significant life threatening internal bleeding that needs emergency surgery to remove the spleen.

Dr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
Surgery
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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How long can you survive with a ruptured spleen?

How long can you survive with a ruptured spleen?

Medical Care Needed: The spleen is a very vascular organ and, though well protected by the rib cage, is susceptible to blunt trauma. Minor injuries may usually be managed by "watchful waiting", but rupture can lead to life-threatening bleeding. In the past, this meant splenectomy. Nowadays, we can often stop the bleeding nonsurgically by internally closing off the bleeding vessels via interventional radiology.

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Dr. Carlos Tache Leon Dr. Tache Leon
Surgery
23 years in practice
National University of Colombia Faculty of Medicine
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How long does it take to heal a ruptured spleen?

How long does it take to heal a ruptured spleen?

At least 3 months: We recommend to maintain precautions for at least three months, and in high risk patients (like someone playing contact sports) to obtain a repeat scan before being cleared to resume the risky activity.

Dr. Mark Hoepfner Dr. Hoepfner
Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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How long does it take for a ruptured spleen to heal?

Depends: Takes about 4-6 weeks to heal if no splenectomy surgery was needed.

Dr. Mark Hoepfner Dr. Hoepfner
Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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Dr. Barry Sheppard Dr. Sheppard
Surgery - Thoracic
30 years in practice
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
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How soon after a ruptured spleen can I fly?

It depends: If it was treated with surgery then you are probably OK with flying but ask your surgeon. If your ruptured spleen was managed nonoperatively then it depends on the degree of injury to the spleen but it would be prudent to wait to travel by plane for a few to several weeks after injury. Discuss it with a doctor who has seen your xrays and knows the degree of splenioc injury.

Dr. Wesley Marquart Dr. Marquart
Surgery
14 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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How should I limit my son's activity after a ruptured spleen?

How should I limit my son's activity after a ruptured spleen?

Be cautious: Follow the hospital discharge instructions which should include avoiding strenuous activities, and definitely no contact sports. If you did not receive any discharge instructions, contact you discharging physician for further instructions.

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