How you prepare

By Mayo Clinic Staff

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