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Surgical Procedures for Sickle Cell Disease

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
  • 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

Revision Information

  • Owusu-Ofori S, Riddington C. Splenectomy versus conservative management for acute sequestration crises in people with sickle cell disease. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2002;(4):CD003425.

  • Sickle cell disease. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: Updated June 6, 2013. Accessed July 1, 2013.

  • Sickle cell disease. Nemours' website. Available at: Updated September 2012. Accessed July 1, 2013.

  • Sickle cell disease (SCD). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: Updated September 27, 2012. Accessed July 1, 2013.

  • What is sickle cell anemia? National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: Updated September 28, 2012. Accessed July 1, 2013.

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