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After a splenectomy, you are likely to have pain for several days. You may also feel like you have influenza (flu). You may have a low fever and feel tired and nauseated. This is common. You should feel better after a few days and will probably feel much better in about a week.
The spleen helps protect against infections. Now that your spleen has been removed, you will need to be careful to prevent certain infections. If you did not get all the vaccinations you need before surgery, be sure to get all the vaccines your doctor recommends in the weeks after surgery.
You may need to take antibiotics for a while. You may also need to take antibiotics each time you have a fever. This could be a sign of a serious infection. Talk to your doctor about what to do if you have a fever.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you 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 changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: August 12, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kenneth Bark MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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