Splenectomy - child - discharge; Spleen removal - child - discharge
When Your Child Was in the Hospital
Your child's spleen was removed after your child was given general anesthesia (asleep and pain-free).
- If your child had open surgery, the surgeon made an incision (cut) in your child's belly.
- If your child had laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon made 3 to 4 small cuts in your child's belly.
What to Expect at Home
Most children recover quickly after spleen removal. Recovery from laparoscopic surgery is usually faster than recovery from open surgery.
Your child may have some of these symptoms. All of them should slowly go away:
- Pain around the incisions for a few days.
- Sore throat from the breathing tube. Sucking on ice chips or gargling (if your child is old enough to do these things) can help soothe the throat.
- Bruising, skin redness, or pain around the cut, or cuts.
- Problems taking deep breaths.
If your child's spleen was removed for a blood disorder or lymphoma, your child may need more treatment depending on the disorder.