Spleen Removal Surgery
When the spleen is not working correctly, it can cause disruption in your immune system and blood clotting functions. The spleen is a small organ in the upper abdominal cavity that helps filter out damaged blood cells and stores blood cells for fighting infection and clotting. When the spleen is dysfunctional, it may need to be removed to improve your health. Danny Shouhed, M.D. is a board certified gastrointestinal surgeon that performs spleen removal surgery through his practice in Los Angeles.
What is a Splenectomy?
Removal of the spleen is called a splenectomy. While the spleen does help boost the immune system and stores blood cells, it is not necessary to live. When the spleen is causing more harm than good, splenectomy may be recommended. Cancer, sickle cell anemia, certain blood disorders, splenomegaly and other diseases that impact or enlarge the spleen can result in the need for spleen removal surgery.
Dr. Danny Shouhed is a talented GI surgeon that specializes in laparoscopic and robotic surgery. His expertise and experience in performing intricate abdominal surgeries, like splenectomies, has resulted in excellent results for his patients. Dr. Shouhed can perform a splenectomy using minimally-invasive techniques through tiny incisions, reducing risks from infection or excessive bleeding. Laparoscopic spleen removal surgery reduces tissue damage for less pain and quicker recovery for the patient.
While the immune system is diminished after a splenectomy, it is possible to live a healthy life without a spleen. Using vaccines and preventive methods to avoid certain bacterial infections can boost your immunity and improve your health.
If you suffer from a spleen disorder or your spleen has been damaged, a splenectomy may be recommended for treatment. Dr. Danny Shouhed a top gastrointestinal surgeon in Los Angeles and one of the few that offers robotic, minimally-invasive spleen removal surgery. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Shouhed, contact our office in LA.