Burping or belching is most often caused by
swallowed air, usually while eating or drinking.
Burping that occurs with other symptoms, such as pain, heartburn, nausea, a
decreased appetite, or weight loss, may have a more serious cause.
Gallstones or another problem with the
gallbladder may cause burping that is worse after eating and occurs with pain
in the upper right abdomen that spreads to the back or
A splenectomy is surgery to remove the entire spleen, a delicate, fist-sized organ that sits under the left rib cage near the stomach. The spleen is an important part of the body's defense (immune) system. It contains special white blood cells that destroy bacteria and help your body fight infections when you are sick. It also makes red blood cells and helps remove, or filter, old ones from the body's circulation.
If only part of the spleen is removed, the procedure is called a partial splenectomy...