How is Splenectomy Performed?
Laparoscopic Splenectomy is usually performed under General Anesthesia to avoid pain during the procedure. The surgeon shall make several small cuts/openings in the abdominal cavity and shall place a cannula, which is a hollow tube, into the abdominal cavity which will create a space that will help the doctor to operate. Carbon dioxide gas is delivered inside the abdomen so that the other organs are pushed away and spleen is clearly visible and easy to locate. The space helps the surgeon to operate. A laparoscope which is a tiny slender tool (like a telescope) with a light and a video camera connected at the end is then entered through one of the holes and the video camera shall project the internal organs and spleen on the television monitor. Various other medical & surgical instruments are entered through other cuts/openings. The surgeon cuts the spleen from its attached internal organs and it is removed from the body through the largest surgical cut/opening of your abdomen. The openings are then closed with the help of sutures.
Post Operative Care
- The patient is usually moved to the Recovery Room for observation after surgery. You will be discharged the same day or the day after at the maximum.
- It may be just two weeks or less to resume your daily activities.