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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
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Sickle cell disease. Nemours' KidsHealth.org website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/heart/sickle%5Fcell%5Fanemia.html. Updated September 2012. Accessed July 1, 2013.
Sickle cell disease (SCD). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/sicklecell/index.html. Updated September 27, 2012. Accessed July 1, 2013.
What is sickle cell anemia? National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sca/. Updated September 28, 2012. Accessed July 1, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2015
- Update Date: 05/20/2015