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Splenectomy and Shunt Surgeries

Splenectomy and Shunt Surgeries

The spleen is an organ that is located under your rib cage on the upper left side of your abdomen. It helps fight infection and filters waste material such as old or damaged blood cells from your blood. Splenectomy is a surgical procedure to remove your spleen. This is done when the spleen is ruptured, becomes cancerous, contracts idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) an autoimmune condition that targets the blood cells. Removing the spleen can enable patients to lead a normal life. 

In distal splenorenal shunt surgery, the vein from the spleen (called the splenic vein) is detached from the portal vein and reattached to the left kidney (renal) vein. This surgery selectively reduces the pressure in your varices (the large, swollen veins that develop across the stomach and esophagus) and controls the bleeding and clotting.

Why choose Manipal Hospital

Transplant surgeries are our forte and we excel in performing superlatively complex surgeries with finesse. Our consolidated team of oncologists, onco and transplant surgeons, intensivists, immunologists and counselors unite to diagnose and plan the ideal surgery in the patient’s interest. Quaternary care is under the spotlight at Manipal Hospital and we revel in the fact that our specialized care is second to none. 

Solutions for splenectomy and shunt surgeries

Splenectomy is the only solution to prevent complications arising from a damaged or cancerous spleen. Patients can lead a normal life post the surgery which requires hospitalization.

Complexities of splenectomy and shunt surgeries

Ascites is a potential risk. It is an accumulation of fluid in the abdomen. This condition can be treated with medications called diuretics and restricted sodium intake.

Number of cases

We have performed well over 5 lakh splenectomies and 3 lakh shunt surgeries to date. 

Infection control protocol

Manipal Hospitals' passion for cancer care goes even beyond the confines of organ transplants and removal to focus on strict infection control standards for patients.

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