What is Laparoscopic Splenectomy?
A splenectomy refers to a procedure in which the spleen is removed from the body. The spleen, which is located on the left side of the abdomen, helps to filter damaged cells from the bloodstream and fight off infections.
Dr Mosai may recommend a splenectomy procedure if your spleen has been damaged beyond repair or ruptured as a result of an injury (such as car accident or gunshot). In some cases, the spleen may need to be removed if it is affected by a severe infection; cancer; cysts; or a blood disorder.
A splenectomy is only performed when it is absolutely necessary, as having your spleen removed means that you will be left with a weakened immune system. Dr Mosai will advise you if the procedure is the best option for your needs.
How does the procedure work?
During a laparoscopic splenectomy, Dr Mosai will make several small incisions in your abdomen. A small camera will be inserted into an incision so that Dr Mosai can view the spleen. He will then use tiny surgical tools to remove the spleen from the body before closing the incisions.
What does recovery from the procedure involve?
After the procedure is complete, your wounds will be dressed with post-opsites. You may feel some sensitivity at the site of the incisions, but any pain and discomfort will be minimal compared with traditional open surgery. You may need to stay in the hospital for a few days following the procedure, depending on your overall health.
You will receive vaccine before surgery or after surgery (in cases where the spleen was removed as an emergency). This vaccination will help to protect your immune system.
You will need to see Dr Mosai for a follow-up consultation around two weeks following surgery. At this point, he will check that you have recovered adequately from the surgery and you have received your vaccine as well as a medical bracelet.