Santa Monica Spleen Surgery
The spleen is a fist-sized organ in the upper left side of the abdomen that is important to protecting the body against disease and infection. The spleen filters the blood and stores blood cells as part of the lymphatic system, sending out white blood cells when viruses or bacteria try to attack the body. When the spleen is compromised by disease, it can become inflamed and dysfunctional. When conservative treatments are ineffective, surgery to remove the spleen (splenectomy) may be required.
Dr. Danny Shouhed is a board certified and fellowship trained GI and general surgeon in Santa Monica. Spleen surgery is one of the medical procedures offered at his practice for treatment of spleen cancer, splenomegaly, sickle cell anemia, hypersplenism, ITP or other spleen disorders. While the spleen is a valuable component of the immune system, it is possible to live without a spleen with the right medications and health maintenance plan. A splenectomy can be effective at resolving serious health conditions involving the spleen for long-term wellness.
Removing the spleen requires meticulous skill to reduce risks of injuries to vital organs, nerves and tissue within the upper abdominal cavity. Dr. Shouhed has a reputation for his attention to detail to ensure excellent results from the surgical procedures he completes. When possible, robotic technology and micro surgical tools are used to ensure precision and minimize damage to the surrounding tissues during a splenectomy. Using these advanced medical options can reduce risks for the patient and hasten recovery for a better overall experience. In most cases, the incisions required are very small and inconspicuous.
In severe cases, an open splenectomy may need to be performed versus a minimally-invasive or laparoscopic procedure. If the spleen is too enlarged or a rare rupture occurs, open surgery may be the only option for removing the spleen and protecting the patient’s health.
If you have a spleen disorder and need a splenectomy near Beverly Hills or Santa Monica, spleen surgery is available through the practice of Danny Shouhed, M.D. To schedule a consultation to learn more about a minimally-invasive or robotic-assisted splenectomy, contact our office to book your appointment.