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Is splenectomy a very common procedure?

Is splenectomy a very common procedure?

Uncommon.: Spleens are not like the appendix; they serve many important functions not the least of which is protection against sudden overwhelming bacterial blood infections (sepsis or bacteremia). The spleen is only removed in pathological conditions like itp, in staging of some cancers like lymphoma, & after traumatic rupture where bleeding cannot be controlled. ...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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What are the common complications of splenectomy?

Depends: Most of the time there are no complications. A pneumococcal vaccine is used before surgery to help with your immunity after surgery. Risks of bleeding or infection after surgery are low. Open and laparoscopic surgery options are available for some people, and recovery after laparoscopic surgery may be quicker. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a splenectomy?

Not too common: Removal of the spleen is generally reserved for conditions such as trauma or accident with spleen rupture. Other conditions could be from disease called itp causing low platelets. There are some rare lymphoma cancers than may need splenectomy. Also rarely is severe spleen enlargement from uncommon blood or bone marrow disorders. ...Read more

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Is it common to have an abscess after a splenectomy?

Is it common to have an abscess after a splenectomy?

Splenectomy complic.: Postop complications following splenectomy can occur. Most common complications include wound infections. Abscesses may form in the site of the splenectomy. Injury to the tail of the pancreas may also occur resulting in pancreatitis or pancreatic fistula. Postoperative abscess is much less common following laparoscopic splenectomy than an open procedure. ...Read more

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Is a splenectomy of common treatment for thrombocytopenic purpura?

10% of patients: Itp is a disorder where the body forms antibodies that attach to your platelets leading to their early destruction. The greatest risk of itp is bleeding, which can occur with platelet counts below 20-30, 000. Most people will respond to medical management; if unresponsive, splenectomy is an option, with more than 2/3 of all surgical patients responsive to this treatment. ...Read more

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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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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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What are the main risks of splenectomy?

Splenectomy: Main risk is the reduced ability of the body to fight off certain bacterial infections. Recommendations are for vaccines against bacteria like pneumococcus. ...Read more

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