Laparoscopic Splenectomy for Spleen Disorders

The spleen plays an import role in the lymphatic system of the human body. It helps in removing cellular waste, maintaining fluid balance, making & activating white blood cells for the immune system. The spleen is located in the upper left of the abdomen. It is behind the ribs, under the diaphragm and above & behind the stomach.

When a person is injured or sick, the spleen becomes larger and it is involved in body’s immune response, recycling old blood cells. The key role of the spleen is filtering blood.

Conditions that affect the spleen are:

  • Diseases associated with the blood cells break down can cause a spleen enlargement
  • An overuse of spleen would cause the spleen to enlarge
  • Other conditions that cause an enlarged spleen include
  • Hemolytic anemia
  • A blood clot in the vein of liver or spleen
  • Liver cirrhosis 
  • Viral, bacterial infections
  • Blood cancers such as lymphoma, leukemia

What are the general spleen problems?

Spleen pain: It is usually felt as a pain behind the left ribs. When you feel tenderness while touching the site, this can be a sign of an enlarged or damaged or ruptured spleen.

Rupture or damage in the spleen may happen when there is a forceful blow to the abdomen, rib fracture, car accident. Rupture can happen immediately or it may happen some weeks after an injury.
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Enlarged spleen: The spleen becomes swollen after an injury or infection. Conditions like Rheumatoid arthritis, liver cirrhosis can make the spleen enlarged.

Generally, blood test, CT/MRI scan is performed to confirm the spleen problem.

Spleen removal is not usually done when it is enlarged. The underlying causes are identified and treated. If there is an infection in the spleen, then with the help of antibiotics it will be treated.

Surgery is necessitated only when the enlarged spleen causing serious complications.

Laparoscopic Splenectomy is the fine choice for the spleen disorders

In the laparoscopic Spleen removal, a thin, flexible instrument with a light source called laparoscope is used. The camera in the instrument brings out clear images to the surgeon on the TV screen. Under the general anesthesia, the surgeon makes a few incisions in the tummy area. Through one incision the laparoscope is passed and the other incisions are used for inserting surgical instruments to remove the spleen. CO2 gas is aerated into the abdomen to make the surgery easier. Once the procedure is over, the incisions are sutured or glued.

Dr. R K Sinha is the best laparoscopic surgeon in Mumbai who is specialized in performing Spleen surgery in Mumbai. He is honored with many awards and accolades for his excellent service.
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