How you prepare

By Mayo Clinic Staff

To prepare for splenectomy and if there is time before the surgery, you may need to:

  • Receive blood transfusions before surgery to ensure you have enough blood cells following removal of your spleen
  • Receive a pneumococcal vaccine 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 before the surgery

Your doctor will give you specific instructions to help you prepare.

Jul. 20, 2012