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Conditions of the Spleen Requiring Removal

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Splenectomy, or removal of the spleen, is a surgical procedure that may be required due to trauma, infection, organ enlargement, an inherited blood disorder, formation of one or more cysts, or (less often) cancer.  Our surgeons are accomplished experts in both open and laparoscopic (minimally invasive) splenectomy procedures. For many patients, removal of the spleen can actually resolve an ongoing health issue such as localized cancer, infection or a blood disease.

A laparoscopic splenectomy requires about two weeks of recovery time, compared to about four weeks for an “open” procedure. Your surgeon will discuss whether you are a candidate for the less-invasive approach and explain what you should expect both prior to and following your treatment.

Conditions Requiring Splenectomy

  • Auto-immune Thrombocytopenia Purpura  (low platelet count)
  • Benign Cyst or Tumor
  • Blood Disorder
  • Hemolytic Anemia
  • Cancer (lymphoma, leukemia, tumors)
  • Spleen Infection
  • Splenomegaly (enlarged spleen)
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Thalassemia
  • Spleen Trauma (from a car accident, sports injury or other violent impact)
  • Other Hereditary Conditions
  • Ruptured Spleen