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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?

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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Why would I want a laparoscopic splenectomy instead of an open one?

Many reasons: Laparascopic spleen surgery results, if successful, with less pain, smaller incision, less hospital time and faster return to work. ...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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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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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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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 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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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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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


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

A scar a condition in which an injury (a cut, ...Read more