An incision will be made in the abdomen over the spleen. The skin and muscles will be pulled back. The blood vessels to and around the spleen will be tied off. This will free the organ. Moist sponges may be placed in the abdomen. The sponges will absorb some of the blood and fluid. The spleen will be removed. The sponges will then be removed.
The muscles and skin will be closed with stitches or staples. A gauze dressing will be placed over the wound.
A small incision will be made in the abdomen. A thin, lighted tube with a small camera will be inserted through the incision. It allows the doctor to see inside your body. Carbon dioxide gas will be passed into the abdomen. This puffs up the abdomen. It will give the doctor more room to work.
Two or three more small incisions will be made. Special tools will be inserted through these incisions. Blood vessels to the spleen will be cut and tied off. The spleen will then be rotated and removed. The incisions will be closed with stitches and covered with surgical tape.
Immediately After Procedure
The removed spleen is sent to the lab for testing.
You will be taken to a recovery room and monitored. You may need a
if you lost a lot of blood.
How Long Will It Take?
About 45-60 minutes
Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia prevents pain during the procedure. There will be some pain and discomfort until you have healed. Medicine can help to manage discomfort.
Average Hospital Stay
The usual length of stay is 2 to 4 days. The stay may be longer if there are complications.
Complete recovery may take up to 6 weeks. Some activities will be limited until you heal. Do not return to full activity or do any heavy lifting until your doctor says it is okay. Arrange for help at home for a couple of days.
You may be given specific exercises to do at home. It will help with healing and let you maintain strength. Pain can be managed with medicine. Do not take aspirin.
The spleen is part of the immune system. Without it, you will have a higher risk of certain infections. Vaccines can boost your protection against infections. Recommended vaccines may include:
EBSCO Information Services is fully accredited by URAC. URAC is an independent, nonprofit health care accrediting organization dedicated to promoting health care quality through accreditation, certification and commendation.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
To send comments or feedback to our Editorial Team regarding the content please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Health Library Support team will respond to your email request within 2 business days.