Surgical Procedures for Sickle Cell Disease
Surgical procedures that may be necessary to treat complications of sickle cell disease include:
—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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National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at:
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Sickle Cell Disease Association of America
website. Available at:
Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. New York, NY: McGraw – Hill; 2008.
Last reviewed October 2012 by Michael Woods, MD
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