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
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Last reviewed May 2014 by Michael J. Fucci, MD
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