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How Long Is The Splenectomy Surgery
I had an emergency splenectomy six weeks ago and I have had a side effect of the surgery. I can't breathe in my back with just two pillows at night.
Prednisone 5 years.Aiha;splenectomy recommended/rituxan did not work/worried about susceptibility to infection/wound healing if surgery/suggestions?
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
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer