I am 26 years old and I have wandering spleen. I would like to know what is the best treatment option for my problem. Can I have a healthy pregnancy with my condition? What are the consequences of spleen removal surgery?
Because wandering spleen can cause life-threatening complications (such as splenic infarction, portal hypertension, and hemorrhage), surgery to remove the spleen is the preferred treatment method for patients. Laparoscopic splenectomy is the typical method used for spleen removal. Splenopexy (surgically fixing the floating spleen) is associated with a high risk of recurrence and complications and is not the preferred treatment choice.
Last updated: 4/25/2012
What risks are associated with spleen removal surgery?
Though you don't need a spleen to survive, being without your spleen increases your risk of serious infections. Your doctor may recommend ways to reduce your risk of infection.
Yücel E, Kurt Y, Ozdemir Y, Gun I, Yildiz M. Laparoscopic splenectomy for the treatment of wandering spleen in a pregnant woman: a case report. Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech.. 2012; 2:102-4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22487633. Accessed 4/25/2012.