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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Spleen Removal (Overview)

The spleen plays a vital role in immune function & removal of old blood cells. It is also very prone to injury, sometimes necessitating emergency surgery to remove the spleen. Rarely, the spleen is removed to rx a low-platelet disease, itp. In that setting, the spleen can usually be removed via laparoscopic surgery. After splenectomy, one is prone to certain infections, requiring immunization.


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Recovery time from spleen removal?

Recovery time from spleen removal?

4-6 weeks: Usual time to full recovery is 4-6 weeks after any major abdominal surgery. Avoid any strenuous activity during this time. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
22 doctors shared insights

Spleen Removal (Overview)

The spleen plays a vital role in immune function & removal of old blood cells. It is also very prone to injury, sometimes necessitating emergency surgery to remove the spleen. Rarely, the spleen is removed to rx a low-platelet disease, itp. In that setting, the spleen can usually be removed via laparoscopic surgery. After splenectomy, one is prone to certain infections, requiring immunization.


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I was wondering what are the effects of spleen removal?

Depends on: Reason for splenectomy. Other than immediate complications such as hemorrhage, infection, or injury to adjacent organs, two potential problems. If you had it for reasons other than trauma, you are at increased risk of thromboembolic disease from increased platelets. All patients who have had splenectomy are at small increased risk of infection with pneumococcus, so they should get pneumovax. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: spleen removal?

What is the definition or description of: spleen removal?

Splenectomy: The spleen plays a vital role in immune function & removal of old blood cells. It is also very prone to injury, sometimes necessitating emergency surgery to remove the spleen. Rarely, the spleen is removed to rx a low-platelet disease, itp. In that setting, the spleen can usually be removed via laparoscopic surgery. After splenectomy, one is prone to certain infections, requiring immunization. ...Read more

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Please suggest what type of life long follow-up is required after spleen removal?

Spleen removal: Removal of the spleen will make it more difficult for the body to fight infection with certain bacteria. If the spleen has been removed, the doctor will usually order a pneumococcus shot a few days after surgery. This will help the body fight the bacteria that the spleen usually is able to kill. Booster shots should be given every 10 years or so for the rest of the patient's life. ...Read more

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Could spleen removal cause leukemia?

Could spleen removal cause leukemia?

No: Spleen has no connection to causing leukemia. So its removal can not cause leukemia. ...Read more

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My spleen has been removed. Then what is the effect of this spleen removal and what are the precautions for me that I should follow?

My spleen has been removed. Then what is the effect of this spleen removal and what are the precautions for me that I should follow?

You are more ...: Susceptible to serious infections due to encapsulated bacteria (eg, pneumococcus, meningococcus, hemophilus influenzae). You should be periodically immunized against those organisms. If you develop a febrile illness, you should seek medical attention immediately to start antibiotics. Have a good discussion with your primary care physician, hematologist, and/or surgeon. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of gallbladder and spleen removal ?

Few: After a cholecystectomy, some people initially have a hard time digesting fatty foods, but most have no noticeable effects on digestion, other than absence of the right upper quadrant pain they used to get. After splenectomy you are prone to a couple of specific infections, so it is important to be immunized (pneumovax, h. Influenzae b, meningococcal). ...Read more

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What can I do if my dad is having a spleen removal operation, is it serious?

Every operation is: Serious, when you are on the receiving end. If his doctors are recommending the operation, it is because potential benefits outweigh the potential risks of the operation. The seriousness of the operation would depend on the size of the spleen, your dad's general medical condition, and his other co-morbidities. ...Read more

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What determines if hereditary spherocytosis is mild, moderate or major and spleen removal is needed. ?

Depends on: size of spleen, severity of anemia, and presence of gallstones. You need to consult with a hematologist for advice regarding options for treatment, including operation. ...Read more