Laparoscopic splenectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to remove the spleen, an organ located in the upper left part of your abdomen. The spleen helps fight infections and filters blood from damaged or old blood cells and germs.
WHEN IS A LAPAROSCOPIC SPLENECTOMY PERFORMED?
A splenectomy is performed to address a variety of medical disorders, either due to a primary spleen condition or as a secondary health problem affecting the spleen. The spleen can swell and become inflamed. Some of the most common causes of splenectomy include:
WHAT DOES A LAPAROSCOPIC SPLENECTOMY INVOLVE?
Prior to surgery, your doctor will explain the procedure to you in detail, along with the long-term health effects of having your spleen removed. It is crucial that you refrain from drinking or eating for at least eight hours before you go in for surgery.
After administering general anaesthesia, your doctor will make 3-5 small incisions in your abdomen and insert the laparoscopy instruments and a surgical camera. The spleen will then be removed and the blood arteries and ligaments that were linked to it sealed. Finally, your incisions will be closed. The entire procedure only takes about 1-2 hours, during which you will be closely monitored.
Laparoscopic surgery techniques make splenectomies less painful and invasive, with shorter recovery times. However, not all splenectomy cases can be treated this way. Your doctor might recommend open surgery depending on the size of your spleen along with other factors related to your condition.
An overnight hospital stay prior to your surgery is usually required. Once you’ve been discharged, you may continue to experience some upper abdominal discomfort, which is normal. You should be able to return to your regular daily activities within two weeks.
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POTENTIAL LAPAROSCOPIC SPLENECTOMY RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS
While Laparoscopic splenectomy is considered a relatively safe procedure, there are always some potential risks or complications involved. Your doctor will discuss each of these with you prior to any surgery. This includes the risk of certain infections which a functioning spleen would have protected against, which can be mitigated with certain vaccinations.