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Splenectomy

Posted On: 04-22-2015
Splenectomy

What is a Splenectomy?

A splenectomy is the surgical removal of the spleen in the upper left area of the abdomen. This procedure can consist of removing the entire spleen or only a portion of it.

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Conditions Treated with a Splenectomy:

A splenectomy is utilized to remove a spleen that is diseased or damaged. It is used in patients with congenital or acquired hemolytic anemia or hypersplenism, or in those who have experienced trauma to the spleen or a spontaneous rupture. It can also be utilized in patients with blood disorders and some types of cancers.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to a Splenectomy:

Some conditions can be managed with medications, but there are no real comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to a splenectomy.

Anesthesia with a Splenectomy:

A splenectomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from a Splenectomy:

Possible risks following a splenectomy include bleeding, infection and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience blood clots and injury to nearby organs.

Prognosis after a Splenectomy:

The prognosis for a positive end result following a splenectomy is good.

Recovery from a Splenectomy:

The total recovery time after a splenectomy is four to six weeks.

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