Your spleen, located under your ribs on the left side of your abdomen, filters old or damaged blood cells and helps fight infection in your body. Your spleen also creates some red and white blood cells. Surgery is required when your spleen becomes diseased, enlarged or ruptured.
Whenever possible, Novant Health surgeons remove your spleen using minimally invasive procedures. These procedures allow you to heal faster with less pain and a reduced chance of infection. Recovery is rapid and may allow you to go home quickly. Most people can resume their daily activities within three to seven days.