Splenectomy is generally a safe procedure. But as with any surgery, splenectomy carries the potential risk of complications, including:
- Blood clots
- Injury to nearby organs, including your stomach, pancreas and colon
Long-term risk of infection
After spleen removal, you're more likely to contract serious or life-threatening infections. Your doctor may recommend you receive vaccines against pneumonia, influenza, Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) and meningococci. He or she may also recommend that you take preventive antibiotics, especially if you have other conditions that increase your risk of serious infections.
Feb. 24, 2016
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