Avg. ER Wait Time

Wait times are an average and provided for informational purposes only. What does this mean?

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

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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.