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