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A splenectomy (say "splih-NEK-tuh-mee") is surgery to take out the spleen. After a splenectomy, your child is likely to have pain for several days. Your child may feel like he or she has influenza (flu). Your child may have a low fever and feel tired and nauseated. This is common. Your child should feel better after a few days and will probably feel much better in about a week.
The spleen helps protect your child against infections. Now that the spleen has been removed, your child may need one or more vaccinations to prevent infections. Your child can get these vaccines in the weeks after they recover from surgery.
Your child may need to take antibiotics for a while after surgery and each time he or she has a fever. This could be a sign of a serious infection. Ask the doctor what to do if your child has a fever.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for your child to recover. But each child recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to help your child get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for any changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: August 12, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Brad W. Warner MD - Pediatric Surgery & Thomas Emmett Francoeur MD MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
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