Laparoscopic Splenectomy

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A splenectomy is a surgical procedure designed to remove a diseased or damaged spleen (the organ that helps filter the blood and fight infections). A splenectomy may be necessary if a patient has an injury to the spleen, a blood clot in nearby blood vessels, blood cell disease (e.g., hemolytic anemia), sickle cell anemia, an abscess or cyst in the spleen, a tumor or cancer that affects the spleen, or cirrhosis of the liver.

Prior to a splenectomy procedure, the surgeon will inflate the abdomen with gas for better visualization and access to the affected area. For an "open" splenectomy, the surgeon will then use 1 long incision that runs across the middle of the abdomen or on the left side of the abdomen below the ribs to remove the spleen. For a "laparoscopic splenectomy" the surgeon will make several small incisions. A small tube with a camera on the end (a laparoscope) and small instruments will be used to remove the spleen.

Our Surgeons Specializing in Laparoscopic Splenectomy

Allen Agapay, MD
Ravia Bokhari, MD, FACS
Michael Buckmire, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Ashley Casano, DO
Charles Castillo, MD, FACS
Suzan Cortesi, MD, FACS
Lawrence Damore II, MD, FACS
Tracy Freeborn, DO, FACS
Jordan Glenn, DO
Rita Hadley, MD, FACS, PHD
Theodore Haley, MD, FACS
Richard Harding, MD, FACS
Sumeet Kadakia, MD, FACS
Jon King, MD, FACS
Daveshni Kumar, MD
Matthew Marini, MD, FACS
Kevin Masur, MD, FACS
Cole McEwen, MD
Richard Oh, MD, FACS
Jennifer Reitz, MD, FACS
Greg Rula, MD, FACS
David Smith, MD, FACS
Craig Szafranski, MD, FACS