Who is it recommended for?
Laparoscopic splenectomy is recommended in cases of splenic cysts and tumors like lymphoma. It might also be recommended for blood-related disorders such as hereditary spherocytosis, idiopathic thrombocytopenia, hypersplenism, etc.
What are the advantages of choosing laparoscopic splenectomy over open surgery?
This procedure is done through small cuts on the abdomen; the spleen is removed via a small incision (usually around 5 cm) which is made over the bikini-line. Since the procedure is performed through tiny cuts and no open wounds, the patient experiences less pain and an excellent cosmetic outcome along with a shorter recovery period.
How long will I need to stay in the hospital and how long is the recovery?
The procedure lasts for about 90 to 120 minutes. You may need to stay in the hospital for 2 to 3 days after surgery, depending on your recovery progress.
What are the precautions to be taken?
It is advisable to avoid rigorous physical activities and contact sports for at least 2 to 3 weeks after surgery.
Is there anything else I need to know?
Prior to surgery, you will need to be immunized with pneumococcal, influenza and meningococcal vaccines. This is in order to prevent overwhelming post-splenectomy infection (OPSI). In case you develop a fever after a splenectomy, always speak to your doctor immediately and never take over-the-counter medication for it.