To prepare for splenectomy and if you have time before the surgery, you may need to:
- Receive blood transfusions to ensure you have enough blood cells after your spleen is removed.
- Receive a pneumococcal vaccine and possibly other vaccines to help prevent infection after your spleen is removed.
- Temporarily stop taking certain medications and supplements.
- Avoid eating or drinking for a certain amount of time.
Your doctor will give you specific instructions to help you prepare.
Feb. 24, 2016
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