Problems of the spleen are uncommon. These are usually managed by specialists called haematologists. Sometimes problems of the spleen require surgery. This may be because the spleen is causing excessive destruction of blood cells (eg. ITP or idiopathic thrombocytopaenic purpura causing low platelets and bleeding) despite taking medication, or has an abnormality within it.
This surgery is highly specialised and can be usually undertaken by laparoscopy (keyhole approach) with a stay in hospital of only a few days. The spleen is not an essential organ but there are important implications to be aware of having it removed.
Dr. Le Page has performed many Laparoscopic Splenectomy cases and audits the outcomes of his patients to ensure the highest standard of care. If you feel a specialist review may be indicated for you, please discuss with your GP and call (02) 9767 7908 to arrange an appointment with Dr. Le Page. Your individual circumstance will be clarified by Dr. Le Page during your review.