Why is laparoscopic splenectomy done?
Laparoscopic splenectomy is a minimally invasive surgery done to remove a damaged or a diseased spleen.
How is laparoscopic splenectomy done?
- Several small incisions are made in the abdomen to insert the camera attached laparoscope and other laparoscopic tools.
- Carbon dioxide gas is inflated into the abdominal cavity to provide room to work.
- Parts of the spleen are freed from surrounding tissue and blood vessels to the stomach and spleen are, tied off or clipped with metal clips and divided.
- The spleen is then dissected free of its attachments in the abdominal cavity and is placed in a special surgical plastic bag, may be broken up if very large and removed through one of the small abdominal incisions.
- Finally the carbon dioxide gas is removed and the small incisions are closed.
Dr. Zainal Hamid
MBBS, FRCP, MRCP (UK)