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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:
—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
Cecil Textbook of Medicine
22nd ed. W.B. Saunders Company; 2003.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at:
Owusu-Ofori S, Riddington C. Splenectomy versus conservative management for acute sequestration crises in people with sickle cell disease.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev
Sickle Cell Disease Association of America
website. Available at:
Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine
. 17th ed. New York, NY: McGraw – Hill; 2008.