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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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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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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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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 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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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