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How can I know if my splenectomy scar is getting infected?

How can I know if my splenectomy scar is getting infected?

Signs of infection: Usually an infection in an incision occurs within a week or two of surgery. Most people have signs like increasing pain and swelling, redness, fever or pus. If you are worried, you should call your doctor. He/she is the best one to determine if you are developing an infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


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Will having a splenectomy leave a big scar?

Will having a splenectomy leave a big scar?

It depends.: Splenectomy can now be performed safely via minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, leaving a scar only 1-2 inches long. When done via the traditional "open" approach, the scar may be 6-8 inches long on average. ...Read more

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What are the main risks of splenectomy?

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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What are the risks of having a splenectomy?

What are the risks of having a splenectomy?

Early and Late: Early: bleeding or injury to adjacent organs are the highest surgical risks. Late: the spleen is a filter that removes old blood cells and certain (encapsulated) bacteria from the bloodstream. Therefore, people without a spleen are prone to certain infections (although there are vaccines for these) and an over abundance of platelets in the bloodstream. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the risks of a splenectomy?

I was wondering what are the risks of a splenectomy?

Splenectomy: Risks are low but can include splenosis, bleeding, infection, abscess and rarely opsi. You need to try to be vaccinated before the operation to minimize this complication against meningiococcus, haemophilus influenzae and pneumococcus. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the risks during splenectomy?

Doctors, what are the risks during splenectomy?

Infections: Surgery for spleen removal for traumatic injury or hypersplenism is usually innocuous. Since the spleen contains lymphocytes necessary to help the immune system control infection, one frequently immunizes post surgery with pneumococcal vaccine. ...Read more

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Why is my spleen growing back after splenectomy?

Accessory spleen: About 10 percent of people have an accessory spleen. In some cases, this can also be due to part of the original spleen taking hold and growing as an autotransplant, also called splenosis. These accessory spleens can be functional, and depending on the reason for the original splenectomy, this may be of clinical significance or not. ...Read more

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Which vaccinations will I need after splenectomy?

Which vaccinations will I need after splenectomy?

Three main and flu: Three main vaccines apply significantly for people with surgical or functional (sickle cell, etc) asplenia. Haemophilus, pneuomoccus and menigococcal vaccines. Each should be given 14 days before splenectomy if possible, and if not at least 14 after surgery. You should also get the flu shot yearly as well. ...Read more

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Can the spleen regenerate after partial splenectomy?

Heals: Not much regeneration occurs. The function of the remaining part is likely quite adequate. With full splenectomy, followup,is important. ...Read more

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Does splenectomy prevent recurrent episodes of hemolysis?

Does splenectomy prevent recurrent episodes of hemolysis?

Maybe: Splenectomy is indicated if hemolytic anemia is not responsive to other measures. It may stop hemolysis, but hemolysis can recur at a later time. ...Read more

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After a splenectomy does another organ take over from the spleen?

After a splenectomy does another organ take over from the spleen?

No: There is no organ that can replace all of the functions of the spleen. Most importantly, after splenectomy, there is a risk for post-splenectomy sepsis (overwhelming infection). ...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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Can anyone tell me what food must be prevented after splenectomy?

Can anyone tell me what food must be prevented after splenectomy?

You're okay: I'm sorry you needed to have your spleen removed. Whether for tumor staging, treatment of injury, or some other cause, you can eat what seems right to you. Sensible people avoid the very greasy, very sugary, and very salty stuff but this is about general health. I'm glad you're asking for good health advice, and hope you'll always stay proactive. ...Read more

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I know a splenectomy can cause diabetes but how will it affect someone who is already a diabetic?

I know a splenectomy can cause diabetes but how will it affect someone who is already a diabetic?

May vary: It has been suggested that the spleen harbors stem cells that act as precursors to insulin-producing pancreas cells, and post-splenectomy patients may have worsening hyperglycemia. Splenectomy does not "cause" diabetes, but may aggravate blood sugar control over the long term. ...Read more

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I had a partial splenectomy. Can the spleen can regenerate and how can I know if it's been regenerated?

I had a partial splenectomy. Can the spleen can regenerate and how can I know if it's been regenerated?

Yes, it can: Regenerate, both in function and size, but it would depend on the volume of splenic tissue you have left and its blood supply. In order to assess size, an imaging test such as ultrasound would be necessary. In order to assess function, sometimes blood work can help, but immune function cannot be assessed readily. Ask a hematologist for specific advice. ...Read more

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Splenectomy in june.Told when sick if i had a fever to immediately go to the dr. How high of a temp and why is it so important to go immediately?

Splenectomy in june.Told when sick if i had a fever to immediately go to the dr. How high of a temp and why is it so important to go immediately?

No spleen: You need a lower threshold to see a dr because persons without a spleen are more predisposed to certain bacterial infections ( particularly encapsulated ones). Most say a temperature over 100.4f is worthy of a check over by your dr or an urgent care--next time you see him/her, clarify. Also, be sure you got your pneumonia shot (probably before hospital discharge). ...Read more

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Good morning I had an emergency splenectomy 20 years ago and now have a work opportunity in a high malaria area of Mozambique. What are the risks?

Good morning I had an emergency splenectomy 20 years ago and now have a work opportunity in a high malaria area of Mozambique.  What are the risks?

Better not go: and I hope that you are taking all the precautions as regards infections risks otherwise: immunizations, low dose antibiotics, etc.It might be a good opportunity for your career,but the risks are high, check the following link for general information, you may contact the CDC as well for advice, http://patient.info/health/preventing-infection-after-splenectomy-or-if-you-do-not-have-a-working-spleen ...Read more

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Good afternoon I had an emergency splenectomy in 1997 and due to the dangers involved in contracting Malaria when traveling to other African countri?

Good afternoon 

I had an emergency splenectomy in 1997 and due to the dangers involved in contracting Malaria when traveling to other African countri?

Splenectomy: Please clarify your question. Follow this link for more information about splenectomy http://www.childrenshospital.org/conditions-and-treatments/treatments/splenectomy ...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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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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