Surgical Procedures for Sickle Cell Disease
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For Treating Complications
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 (the evidence that this can help is still incomplete)
- ]]>Hip replacement]]> —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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Sickle Cell Disease Association of America website. Available at: http://www.sicklecelldisease.org/ .
Weiner CM. Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine . 17th ed. New York, NY: McGraw – Hill; 2008.
Last reviewed June 2008 by ]]>Mark A. Best, MD, MPH, MBA]]>
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