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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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Prednisone 5 years.Aiha;splenectomy recommended/rituxan did not work/worried about susceptibility to infection/wound healing if surgery/suggestions?

Prednisone 5 years.Aiha;splenectomy recommended/rituxan did not work/worried about susceptibility to infection/wound healing if surgery/suggestions?

Vitamin A: You are taking Prednisone and have concerns about wound healing. There are always concerns when a condition requires immunosuppression but vitamin a can help. Your surgeon will use extra precautions also like using staples and keeping them in place longer. ...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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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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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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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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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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Is the splenectomy a risky thing to do?

Is the splenectomy a risky thing to do?

No: There are open and laparoscopic options for some people who need splenectomy. There are a variety of reasons of blood disorder, some cancers, and sometime traumatic injury that may need splenectomy surgery. Your surgeon would discuss and review specific surgical risks for your own specific situation. ...Read more

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What should I do to prepare for my splenectomy?

What should I do to prepare for my splenectomy?

Adopt clean lifestyl: A splenectomy may be required due to multiple types of underlying disease states, preparation should be centered around your underlying disease. As the spleen functions as a filter, helping minimize infection, you may be more susceptible to infection. Flu shots should become routine, especially in the elderly. Avoid contact with those who are ill from infection. ...Read more

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