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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
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 ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
Infections: Prevention especially in children, at 48 ideally get vaccinated 2 wk before surgery if possible, are prone to encapsulated organism infections. Pneumovox, Meningococcal vaccine and booster every 6 yrs. Flue vaccine every year. It is advisable to take prophylactic antibiotics even for trivial infections is advised ...Read more
Vaccines and blood: Spleen removal can make one susceptible to some infections afterward, so vaccines for pneumococcus, h. Influenza, and meningococcus are necessary, either pre op or as you leave the hospital. During the surgery, blood loss, injury to the pancreas, or stomach injury are possible. Unless the spleen is massive it can probably be done laparoscopically. Good luck. ...Read more
Splenectomy: Can predispose you to future infections with encapsulated organisms and elevated platelet count that can lead to blood clots. Kidney biopsy if done by and interventional radiologist is generally very safe, if coagulation parameters are normal. Both answers are general answers and it may not apply to your specific situation, so ask your doctor for detailed answer. ...Read more
Splenectomy: It depends on when your spleen was removed and how it was done. If it was done with a big incision, this may represent a hernia. If you've gained weight after having your spleen removed, that happens due to a period of relative inactivity. Some patients when recovering struggle with constipation. If that's the case, drink plenty of fluids and use a stool softener. ...Read more
My child is suffering from thalassemia major & advised for a spleen removal operation after few weeks, is this normal?
Treatment for thalassemia major often involves regular blood transfusions and folate (folic acid) supplements.
If you receive blood transfusions, you should not take iron supplements. Doing so can cause a high amount of iron to build up in the body, which can be harmful.
Persons who receive significant numbers of blood transfusions need a treatment called chelation therapy to remove excess iron from the body. ...Read more
Prevent sequester: Sickle cell anemia. The disease has many issues, but two major components are irregular shaped blood cells and associated lack of red cells (anemia). Because of irregular shape, the red cells get trapped and/or broken down which contributes anemia. Cells get trapped in spleen. This can result in enlargement of spleen as well as contribute to loss of red cells trapped in it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hematuria and hip pain and very concentrated urine. I am diabetic 1 and just had a total pancreatectomy/spleen removal due to an insulinoma?
Yes: About one person in four has a miniature second spleen and this will enlarge if the main one is removed. This is common. Even if you think this has happened, you should still be immunized against pneumococcus and should remain vigilant against the bacteria to which you're extra-vulnerable -- get seen at once for any fever that's not obviously a mild viral illness. ...Read more
How might removal of the spleen (splenectomy) result in an increase in the number of circulating platelets?
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