Splenectomy in Honolulu, HI

Pet surgery might sound intimidating, but it's often necessary. At Animal Clinic of Honolulu, our Honolulu, HI veterinary team is specially trained to perform a splenectomy on cats and dogs when necessary. 


What Is Splenectomy Surgery?

Splenectomy surgery is the surgical removal of the spleen. The spleen is an organ located in the upper left part of the abdomen, just behind the stomach. It has several important functions, including filtering old red blood cells from the bloodstream, storing blood, and fighting infection.

When Is Splenectomy Necessary?

Splenectomy surgery is typically done when a pet has diseases or conditions that require the removal of the spleen. Examples may include masses such as tumors or cysts, trauma to the area, rupture of the spleen due to trauma or disease, and diseases such as lymphoma.

What Are the Signs Your Pet May Need a Splenectomy?

Signs that your pet may need a splenectomy include abdominal pain, an enlarged abdomen, lack of appetite, excessive drinking and urinating, lethargy, and weight loss. Some pets also develop a fever. If your pet shows any of these signs, it’s important to bring them in for an examination right away.

How Is Splenectomy Done?

Splenectomy surgery is done under general anesthesia. The incision is made in the upper left part of the abdomen, and the spleen is carefully removed with minimal disruption to other organs. The surgery typically takes one to two hours. Each case is different, and your pet may have additional health needs before and after surgery.

What Can I Expect After Splenectomy Surgery?

After splenectomy surgery, your pet will spend some time in our recovery area to be closely monitored for any complications. We'll give your pet medications to help manage pain and may place a catheter to ensure that your pet gets the fluids it needs. In most cases, splenectomy is an outpatient procedure and your pet will be able to go home the same day.

Follow-up care after splenectomy is essential for successful recovery. This may include antibiotics and other medications, as well as regular lab work and follow-up visits with our veterinary team.

Call Your Honolulu, HI, Veterinarian

If your pet needs splenectomy surgery, the experienced team at Animal Clinic of Honolulu will provide the highest quality care. We'll make sure your pet is safe and comfortable throughout the entire procedure and provide you with all the information you need to ensure a successful recovery. Contact us at 808-734-0255 to speak with a veterinarian about your pet's health.



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