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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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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...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 is the recovery for a splenectomy?

How long is the recovery for a splenectomy?

Depends: If it is open or laparoscopic surgery. May be 1-3 weeks for most light activities and 4-6 weeks before full normal activities. ...Read more

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Why does splenectomy lead to thrombocytosis?

Why does splenectomy lead to thrombocytosis?

Splenectomy: One of the functions of the spleen is to help filter out impurities and worn out blood components, including red blood cells and platelets. After the removal of the spleen, since there is a decreased recycling of the body's platelets, there will normally be an increase in the number of circulating platelets, a so-called thrombocytosis. ...Read more

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Is it common to have an abscess after a splenectomy?

Is it common to have an abscess after a splenectomy?

Splenectomy complic.: Postop complications following splenectomy can occur. Most common complications include wound infections. Abscesses may form in the site of the splenectomy. Injury to the tail of the pancreas may also occur resulting in pancreatitis or pancreatic fistula. Postoperative abscess is much less common following laparoscopic splenectomy than an open procedure. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between spherocytosis and splenectomy?

Is there a connection between spherocytosis and splenectomy?

Yes: Historically, patient's with more severe hereditary spherocytosis have had splenectomy to increase the survival of the spherocytic red blood cells and thereby improve anemia. ...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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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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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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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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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