Serving Dallas-Fort Worth with Advanced Spleen Surgery
The spleen’s function is to store both red and white blood cells. It filters old and damaged cells from the body and helps the body identify and then kill bacteria. When the spleen stops working properly, it can affect the person’s platelet count, red blood cell count, or white blood cell count. In some cases, a malfunctioning spleen needs to be removed. Our practice can help in such situations. Minimally Invasive Bariatrics is one of the premier laparoscopic surgery practices in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, completing spleen surgery in the least invasive manner possible to help patients recover more quickly.
Reasons for Spleen Removal
Spleen surgery is required for several different conditions, including:
- Idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura (ITP): This condition is the most common reason for spleen surgery. It is characterized by a lower-than-normal count of platelets in the blood, which inhibits blood clotting.
- Hemolytic anemia: In patients with hemolytic anemia, the spleen improperly breaks down blood cells. Removing the spleen through surgery reduces the patient’s dependence on blood transfusions.
- Genetic blood diseases: Sickle cell disease and other genetic diseases affecting the blood can sometimes be improved with spleen surgery.
- Cancers: Lymphoma and leukemia, as well as tumors of the spleen, often require spleen removal.
- Enlarged spleen: An enlarged spleen may filter too many platelets from the blood, causing clotting problems that can be solved by removing the spleen.
Serving the Dallas-Fort Worth area, our practice offers detailed information on spleen surgery and medical conditions of the spleen to interested individuals.
Advantages of Laparoscopic Spleen Surgery
Today, laparoscopic spleen surgery is the best choice for most spleen removal patients. The size of the spleen is the major determining factor: a spleen that is too big may be difficult to remove laparoscopically.
For patients who can undergo laparoscopic spleen surgery, the procedure offers important advantages. Because the procedure is less invasive, patients experience less post-operative pain, are able to leave the hospital more quickly, and can return to normal diet and activities sooner. Laparoscopic patients also experience less scarring. The procedure shares many of these benefits with other minimally invasive procedures available at our Dallas-Fort Worth area practice besides spleen surgery, including sleeve gastrectomy and other weight loss surgeries as well as a selection of totally incisionless procedures.