How are spleen injuries treated?
Traditionally, children with an injured spleen underwent an operation to remove it, a so-called splenectomy. Over the past 30 years, surgeons have learned that more than 90% of children with an injured spleen can heal without an operation, saving the spleen's important infection fighting role.
The healing process
To get the spleen to heal, the child needs to remain in bed in the hospital until their spleen has stopped bleeding, and they must then restrict their participation in sports or other vigorous activities to keep their spleen from being reinjured. Sometimes, if the child is in shock, or the spleen doesn't stop bleeding on its own, an operation is needed to remove or repair the spleen.