Living Without Your Spleen: What to Expect After a Splenectomy

After your serious accident on I-95, you were rushed to Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center. Along with a few broken ribs, you also suffered a ruptured spleen. The doctors attempted to stop the bleeding and tried to save your spleen, but the tear was just too deep, and they had to remove the organ.

Automobile accidents are the most common way to experience ruptured spleens. Trauma to the stomach can cause a tear in the spleen capsule. If the bleeding is minor, you may spend a few days in the hospital for treatment. Tears that are larger and deeper may require surgery, or you may simply need to have your spleen removed.

Life After Your Splenectomy

Although it is possible to live without a spleen, you will lack the ability to combat many illnesses, as the spleen plays a crucial role in your body’s ability to fight off infection. After your spleen removal, you can expect:

  • A stay in the hospital. If you have your spleen removed via open splenectomy, you may stay in the hospital for about a week. If you received a laparoscopic splenectomy, you will likely go home sooner. You’ll continue to receive medication and fluids and be monitored for signs of infection.
  • A moderate recovery. Those who undergo spleen removal surgery can expect a recovery time of at least four to six weeks. You may feel pain and weakness from the surgery and need medications during this time, and you will likely have to visit your doctor often for follow-up exams.
  • The need for vaccinations. Without a spleen, your immune system is compromised. As a result, you’ll have to take extra precautions to avoid getting sick. For instance, getting your flu shot each year is vital, and your doctor may suggest other vaccinations that protect you from bacteria that causes meningitis and pneumonia.

We Can Help

Having your spleen removed and the recovery costs are often expensive, and there will likely be additional expenses in the future. The legal team of Johnson and Gilbert can explain your rights if you lost your spleen due to a serious car accident. Contact us today at 800.556.8890 to see if we can help you. 

 

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