Your spleen is an organ, about as big as your fist, just under the left side of your ribs. It has many jobs, including balancing body fluids, controlling the amount of blood in your body and destroying old cells. But its primary job is fighting germs and infections.
When your spleen gets diseased or damaged, you may need surgery to remove it - a splenectomy. You can live without a spleen, because other organs can take over some of the spleen's jobs.
Some patients can have a laparoscopic splenectomy, a minimally invasive surgery. But it may not be right for everyone, so your surgeon will talk with you about the best option for you.
During a traditional, open splenectomy, patients are given general anesthesia. Most patients go home in less than one week and return to regular activity in four to six weeks, but every patient is different.
The experts at Rex Surgical Specialists are trained in the newest techniques and are experienced in these procedures. For personalized and timely care, visit any of our locations throughout Wake County in Raleigh, Cary, Wakefield, Garner, Knightdale and Holly Springs. Our surgeons also help to provide round the clock coverage of surgery patients in the Rex Emergency Department.
Using the most up-to-date technology, your treatment will be safe, convenient and tailored to your specific needs. Rest assured that we'll have you back to your normal activities as quickly as possible.
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