The spleen is an organ that comprises part of the immune system. It helps fight bacteria, helps filter and remove old and damaged blood, and stores red blood cells. Sometimes, if the spleen is not working correctly or there are other medical issues like ITP, the spleen may necessitate removal. If you are having difficulty with your spleen, you can trust Dr. Donald Balder at Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss & Gulf Coast Aesthetics to assist you with finding the appropriate solution. Dr. Balder can guide you through finding the proper treatment and help determine if a laparoscopic splenectomy is right for you. To discuss having a laparoscopic splenectomy and how it may benefit your immune system, request a consultation today.
During a laparoscopic splenectomy, you will be placed under general anesthesia while a hollow tube known as a cannula is inserted into the abdomen. Carbon dioxide will be used to expand the abdominal cavity to provide better viewing. A laparoscope, which is connected to a camera, is then moved through the cannula to provide visualization of the internal organs. Dr. Balder will then utilize smaller cannulas in other abdomen areas to insert the necessary medical tools to remove the spleen.
Following the splenectomy, you will need to rest and follow the directions given to you by Dr. Balder for proper recovery. Typically, you will be admitted after the procedure to follow the stability of your platelet count and discharged home when stable. Due to the small sutures used to close the incisions, you should have minimal scarring; however, you may still have discomfort in the surgical area. You may be prescribed pain medication to help with this discomfort. Please get in touch with our office if you have any questions or concerns about the procedure.