Thanks to the latest advancements in modern medicine, Marina del Rey Hospital’s skilled general surgeons will perform the splenectomy using a laparoscopic procedure, meaning that there is no need for a large incision.
This way the outcome for you, our patient, is the best because it consists of less postoperative pain, less scarring and faster recovery rate so you can enjoy what life has to offer.
Splenectomy is a procedure that consists in the removal of the spleen and it is recommended in certain hematological disease cases and for post-traumatic spleen rupture. The spleen is a delicate organ that is situated under the left rib cage that helps the body fight infections and filter damaged blood cells. Splenectomy is rarely performed for diagnosis, especially if there aren’t other clinical manifestations or tests to indicate the primary disease.
The laparoscopic splenectomy is frequently used and represents the extirpation of the spleen laparoscopically, using special surgical tools and a tiny video camera.
The indication of removing the spleen can be made in the following cases:
The doctor may also proceed to remove the spleen in order to diagnose a condition, especially if it is enlarged.
The removal of the spleen can be done using several methods:
Any procedure that disturbs the function of an organ or which implies its removal can be accompanied by several side effects. Therefore, undergoing a splenectomy can lead to:
The results of a laparoscopic surgery can vary depending on the procedure and the general health state of the patient. However, the usual advantages are:
Most of the patients can undergo a laparoscopic splenectomy. Even though the experience of the surgeon is the most important aspect in order to achieve a favorable result, the dimension of the spleen is the factor that helps the doctor decide whether to remove the spleen laparoscopically or not, as an extremely big spleen would make this procedure impossible.
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