When You Were in the Hospital
You had surgery to remove your spleen. This operation is called splenectomy.
The surgeon made a cut (incision) in the middle of your belly or on the left side of your belly just below the ribs. If you are being treated for cancer, the surgeon probably also removed the lymph nodes in your belly.
What to Expect at Home
Recovering from open spleen removal surgery takes 4 to 8 weeks. You may have some of these symptoms as you recover:
- Pain around the incision for a few weeks. This pain should lessen each day.
- Sore throat from the breathing tube that helped you breathe during surgery. Sucking on ice chips or gargling may help soothe your throat.
- Nausea and maybe throwing up. Your surgeon can prescribe nausea medicine if you need it.
- Bruising or skin redness around your wound. This will go away on its own.
- Trouble taking deep breaths.
If your spleen was removed for a blood disorder or lymphoma, you may need more treatments. This depends on your medical disorder.