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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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How can I stop drowning? I had my spleen removed 5 years ago.

How can I stop drowning? I had my spleen removed 5 years ago.

Not related: There is an increased risk of serious infections in patients without a spleen, so you should be vaccinated. Drowning is obviously related to water, so staying out of the water and/or learning to swim are first steps to avoid drowning. ...Read more

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I had my spleen removed 4 months ago nd just 2 weeks ago i started having excruciating pain where my spleen was nd it's NT stpping, what's wrong.?

I had my spleen removed 4 months ago nd just 2 weeks ago i started having excruciating pain where my spleen was nd it's NT stpping, what's wrong.?

Seen surgeon?: I hope you've already been reevaluated by your surgeon. If not, that's the first step. If already checked out and no cause found, consider neuralgia from a nerve injured by surgery. Also consider kidney stone or a lung problem. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what it's like to have your spleen removed and what life is like w/o it?

Can anyone tell me what it's like to have your spleen removed and what life is like w/o it?

Amazingly: Very little difference. In rare cases, you can get septicemia from certain encapsulated organism. It is serious when it happens, but it is rare. You should get pneumococcal vaccination prior to any elective spleen surgery. And ask your surgeon if he can save at least some of the spleen if it is being done for a benign tumor. ...Read more

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I am having my spleen removed with a cyst. Dr says he is trying lapro but i will have a 4 inch incisions to pull it out. How long will my recovery ?

I am having my spleen removed with a cyst. Dr says he is trying lapro but i will have a 4 inch incisions to pull it out. How long will my recovery ?

Splenectomy: You really should discuss this with the surgeon....Make sure you are not the first patient he/she will be doing the procedure on. Additionally, laproscopic procedures tend to have faster recovery times, but once again, you must discuss this with the surgeon. ...Read more

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Can I still play sports if I have had my spleen removed?

Can I still play sports if I have had my spleen removed?

Yes, get vaccination: If any thing it is safer after removal of spleen. Consult your doctor to make sure you get appropriate vaccinations as a person wihtout a spleen is more susceptible to some infections, such as pneumococcoi. ...Read more

Excise (Definition)

To surgically remove an organ or body part or tissue. This is done with ...Read more