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
—to remove a gallbladder that isn’t functioning properly
Laser eye surgery—for complications affecting your vision
Complications and treatments. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at:
http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/sicklecell/treatments.html. Updated September 27, 2012. Accessed July 1, 2013.
How is sickle cell disease treated?
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Sickle cell disease. Nemours Kids Health website. Available at:
http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/sickle-cell-anemia.html. Updated September 2012. Accessed July 1, 2013.
Last reviewed June 2016 by Michael Woods, MD
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