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What Happens During Surgery for CLL

A surgeon performs a splenectomy in a hospital. Leading up to your surgery, your doctor will make sure that any infections you have are cleared up and that you have received any needed immunizations. You will check into the hospital the day before your surgery or early on the day of the procedure. You’ll meet with your surgeon and the doctor who will handle your anesthesia, called an anesthesiologist.

The surgery itself will take between 90 minutes and 3 hours, depending on the way the surgery is done. Overall, the procedure involves making a cut in your abdomen, tying off the main artery going to your spleen, and removing the spleen. Your incision is then sewn up.