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Spleen Removal

What is the Spleen?

The spleen is a blood-filled organ located in the upper left abdominal cavity. It is a storage organ for red blood cells and an immune system organ with specialized white blood cells called macrophages or disease-fighting cells which filter the blood. Removing old and damaged blood particles from the body is the job of the spleen, making it part of the immune system. The spleen also helps the body identify and kill bacteria. The spleen can affect the platelet count, the red blood cell count and even the white blood count. Physicians at The Nebraska Medical Center perform spleen removal surgery using minimally invasive technology.

About Removing the Spleen

Make an Appointment

For clinic location and hours use the Find a Physician link. To make an appointment with a minimally invasive surgery specialist for spleen removal, call 800-922-0000.

UNMC Physicians
Matthew Goede, MD
Vishal Kothari, MD
Dmitry Oleynikov, MD