What Can You Expect During Your Recovery Process?
Before You Go Home
After your minimally invasive splenectomy, you will receive IV fluids in your arm and an analgesic to ease any discomfort you may have. After an observation period, you are free to return home. Just make sure you don't drive yourself home; you may not drive within 24 hours of receiving general anesthesia or taking a prescription narcotic.
Once home, you may walk upstairs and shower, but you should not bathe for the first week after your procedure. You can perform many of your daily activities, but you should not exert yourself too much. Keep your heart rate under 100 beats per minute, and don't lift anything over nine pounds for two weeks after your procedure.
Most people feel up to driving five to seven days after their procedure. Just remember to wait at least 24 hours since the last narcotic you took to consider driving.