Are you more likely to get sick without a spleen?
Life without a spleen You can be active without a spleen, but you’re at increased risk of becoming sick or getting serious infections. This risk is highest shortly after surgery. People without a spleen may also have a harder time recovering from an illness or injury.
Does removing your spleen affect your immune system?
Sometimes just part of your spleen can be removed, which is called a partial splenectomy. If there’s time, you’ll be advised to have certain vaccinations before the operation. This is because spleen removal weakens your immune system and can make you more likely to get an infection.
What are the side effects of spleen removal?
- Blood clot in the vein that carries blood to the liver.
- Hernia at the incision site.
- Infection at the incision site.
- Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
- Lung collapse.
- Injury to the pancreas, stomach, and colon.
Does splenectomy shorten life expectancy?
Although the series of patients is small, it seems that splenectomy did not have an adverse effect on life expectancy. The haematological status and the quality of life improved after splenectomy in 17 of 19 patients.
Can you get sick if you have no spleen?
People who have no spleens are more likely to get sick from certain types of bacteria, particularly encapsulated bacteria (bacteria that have an outer carbohydrate covering). You should be vaccinated before you have surgery if it is planned surgery.
Why do I feel sick during my period?
The wild ride caused by hormones can vary greatly from one person to another. Some people experience period flu symptoms in the days just before their period that are part of what’s called premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Others feel lousy throughout their period. The symptoms are pretty varied, too, and can include:
Do you need your spleen to live?
What you need to know to stay healthy Due to injury or necessary surgery (splenectomy), some people are lacking a spleen, the organ that filters the bloodstream and helps the body fight infection. You do not need your spleen to live a normal, healthy life.
Is it possible to live a normal life after a splenectomy?
Despite the indicated no spleen complications, it is possible to maintain an active, reasonably healthy life following a splenectomy. Contact Dr. Dahlman with your question!