How is splenectomy surgery done?

The preferred method for performing a splenectomy is with a laparoscope, a slender tool with a light and camera at the end. During the laparoscopic procedure, your surgeon will make three or four incisions in your abdomen. The laparoscope is then inserted through one of the incisions so your surgeon can see your spleen. Carbon dioxide gas is used to inflate the operative area and give your surgeon more room to work. Then, your surgeon disconnects your spleen and removes it through the largest incision. Afterward, the openings are closed using sutures. 

If your spleen is too large to be removed using a laparoscope, your surgeon will make a larger, single incision in your abdomen, and remove your spleen through it.

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