What should I expect right before my splenectomy?

  • You’ll arrive several hours before your surgery and be escorted to the preoperative waiting area.
  • You’ll remove all of your clothing and jewelry and put on a hospital gown. (Your valuables will be placed in a secure area or may be given to a family member.) 
  • You’ll sign any necessary paperwork, and a preoperative nurse will take your vital signs, review your medications, and answer any questions.
  • You’ll meet the members of your care team. 
  • An I.V. (intravenous line) may be placed in your hand or arm so medication, including anesthesia, can be administered.
  • When it’s time for your procedure, you will be wheeled into the operating suite.

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