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Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery
Laparoscopic Splenectomy
Giorgos Karakousis
Dr. Karakousis
Dr. Robert Roses
Dr. Roses

Laparoscopic surgery is performed via smaller incisions than traditional surgery. The procedure is done using the help of a special camera and skinny instruments. Over the last several years, the role of laparoscopic surgery has expanded to include elective splenectomy. Some patients can have a completely laparoscopic operation where the spleen is chopped into tiny pieces and removed in a bag while others may require a larger incision to assist with the removal of the spleen. The larger incision permits the use of a hand port to allow the surgeon’s hand to enter the abdomen to help remove the spleen. The incision is still smaller than the traditional cut. Hospital stay is approximately 1-5 days. Patients planning on having their spleen removed will need thorough counseling about life without a spleen as well as appropriate vaccinations to prevent future infections. Vaccinations should be given at least 2 weeks before the operation whenever possible.

Inpatient Facilities:
Hospital University of Pennsylvania (HUP)

Office Visit Locations:
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, West Pavilion, 4th Floor

Making an Office Visit Appointment:
215-615-5858 or 800-789-PENN

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