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How long it takes to heal a ruptured spleen?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Perhaps 6-12 months

Most ruptured spleens are due to trauma, in which case most of the time they are surgically removed.
You can live without a spleen, though it does have some impact of immune function. Iron storage (also done in bone marrow and liver), and old red blood cell destruction (life of an RBC is 100 days). Must avoid any contact sports or further trauma to that area (left upper quadrant of abdomen).

In brief: Perhaps 6-12 months

Most ruptured spleens are due to trauma, in which case most of the time they are surgically removed.
You can live without a spleen, though it does have some impact of immune function. Iron storage (also done in bone marrow and liver), and old red blood cell destruction (life of an RBC is 100 days). Must avoid any contact sports or further trauma to that area (left upper quadrant of abdomen).
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: 6 to 8 weeks

6 to 8weeks should be enough to promote healing.
During this time period it is essential that it not be re-injured.

In brief: 6 to 8 weeks

6 to 8weeks should be enough to promote healing.
During this time period it is essential that it not be re-injured.
Dr. Steve Martinez
Dr. Steve Martinez
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Dr. Ken Kingdon
Surgery - Trauma
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 6 weeks

In general we tell folks who have ruptured spleens to avoid contact to that area of the belly and stay near a surgical hospital for about 6 weeks.
This seems to be about the right amount of time to greatly reduce the risk of thr spleen rebleeding.

In brief: 6 weeks

In general we tell folks who have ruptured spleens to avoid contact to that area of the belly and stay near a surgical hospital for about 6 weeks.
This seems to be about the right amount of time to greatly reduce the risk of thr spleen rebleeding.
Dr. Ken Kingdon
Dr. Ken Kingdon
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