Some sickle cell complications are treated with surgery. Surgery options include:
- Removal of the
spleen (splenectomy), to prevent the trapping of too
many red blood cells in the spleen (splenic sequestration).
- Removal of the gallbladder (cholecystectomy), to prevent
problems caused by
- Draining fluid from the penis in cases of severe
- Hip replacement, if the tissue in the hip breaks down and dies
because it doesn't get enough blood (osteonecrosis).
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March 17, 2014
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