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Your child will remain in the hospital for one to two days following the procedure.
Most children will be fully recovered in one to two weeks and can resume some normal activities.
Below, find answers to commonly asked questions. Click each item to expand the Q&A for each section.
Q: What does laparoscopic splenectomy involve.
Your child will be completely asleep using a general anesthesia. To perform a splenectomy, the pediatric surgeon inserts a laparoscope through a tiny incision in the belly. The laparoscope is equipped with a light and camera which allows the surgeon to see inside the abdomen. Two or three additional small cuts will be made around the site to pump gas inside the region and pass instruments for the removal. Gas expands the belly, giving the pediatric surgeon a clear view and added space.
Children who have their spleen removed through minimally invasive surgery recover more quickly and have a reduced hospitalization.
Q: How many incisions are made?
Three to four tiny incisions are made in the left side of the upper abdomen.
Q: How long will my child stay in the hospital?
Children will normally stay one to two days in the hospital.
Q: What is the recovery time?
Most children feel better within the first week. It takes four to six weeks for a full recovery. After the spleen is removed, your child’s doctor may prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection.
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