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Open Splenectomy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

Open splenectomy is surgery to take out all or part of your spleen.

Abdominal Organs


Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

Call your doctor or surgeon if:


You may need any of the following:

Bathing with stitches:

Follow instructions on when you can bathe. Gently wash the part of your body that has the stitches. Do not rub on the stitches to dry your skin. Pat the area gently with a towel. When the area is dry, put on a clean, new bandage as directed.

Prevent infections:

Your risk for infection will be higher after your spleen is removed. Do the following to help prevent infection:

Medical alert identification:

Wear medical alert jewelry or carry a card that says you have had your spleen removed. Ask your healthcare provider where to get these items. Spleen removal is important information for healthcare providers if you are ever in an accident or become unconscious.

Medical Alert Jewelry

Follow up with your doctor or surgeon as directed:

Ask when you need to return to have your surgery area checked. You will also need to have stitches or drains removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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