When should I call my healthcare provider if I’ve had a splenectomy?

Call your healthcare provider or surgeon if you experience:

  • Ongoing fever over 101 °F (38.5 °C).
  • Chills.
  • Swelling in your abdomen.
  • Pus/drainage from your incisions.
  • Redness around your incision that is worsening or getting larger.
  • Cough or shortness of breath.
  • Bleeding.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Pain not relieved with medication.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 09/23/2020.


  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. Spleen Removal (Splenectomy). Accessed 9/21/2020.
  • Qureshi FG, Ergun O, Sandulache VC, et al. Laparoscopic Splenectomy in Children. JSLS : Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. 2005;9(4):389-392. Accessed 9/21/2020.
  • Genetics Home Reference. Hereditary spherocytosis. Accessed 9/21/2020.
  • Yi S. Stat Pearls. Splenectomy. Accessed 9/21/2020.

Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy