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How Long Hospital Stay Is Required For A Ruptured Spleen
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. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. Read more
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). Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. Read more
On other trauma, size of spleen, and technical features.
If isolated splenectomy get in, do, get out--2 hours?
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. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. Read more
Sure: A ruptured spleen can be fatal depending on the extent of the injury. Imho that is the worst thing it can do to you. However even removing the spleen (and saving your life) can lead to overwhelming infections. Most of us try nonoperative therapy first followed by surgery if this fails. Most of the time a repair can be done, but sometimes it must be removed. Read more
Bleeding and pain: Ruptured or fractured spleen is usually from an accident, trauma, or injury. It can cause internal bleeding and left upper abdominal pain. Lab tests and likely a ct scan will make the diagnosis. Some lesser splenic injuries will heal on their own, and a major spleen injury would need surgery to remove the spleen. Read more
Depends on cause:
Fist two aspects to recovery: 1) trauma with associated injuries 2) solely spleen issue
trauma = more time
second two aspects: 1) minimally invasive surgery 2) large incision
large incision = more time
simple case is a few days
complicated case can be several weeks
if no surgery to remove the spleen then may be several months until activity is real ease to normal. Read more
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