Surgical procedures that may be necessary to treat complications of sickle cell disease include: Splenectomy
—to remove a spleen destroyed by sickle cell disease or to try to prevent recurrent sickle cell crises
—to treat a hip destroyed by avascular necrosis
Gall bladder surgery
—to remove a gall bladder that isn’t functioning properly
Laser eye surgery—for complications affecting your vision
Owusu-Ofori S, Riddington C. Splenectomy versus conservative management for acute sequestration crises in people with sickle cell disease.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev
Last reviewed July 2013 by Michael Woods, MD
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