Figure 5: RBC count preoperatively and 1 year after splenectomy. Our patients were followed up for 1 year as follows: after 1 month, followed by at 3-month intervals for 1 year (at 1, 3, 6, 9, and 12 months). All patients had complete blood count on follow-up. All patients showed an improvement in hemoglobin and hematocrit levels. Also, all the blood elements – RBCs, white blood cells, and platelets – showed a significant increase after splenectomy in all patients. The mean RBC count in the first month follow-up was 3.86 ± 0.78 (t-test = 19.105), which shows a significant increase in the RBC count in the first month after the operation. After 3 months the mean value of RBCs was 3.94 ± 0.72, which shows another significant increase from the previous follow-up visit. After 6 months the mean value was 3.56 ± 0.73, which was a slight decrease from the previous visit but still significantly higher than the preoperative value. After 9 months the mean value became 4.07 ± 0.87, which was the highest value during the first year and with a significant increase as well. After 12 months the mean value was 3.66 ± 0.83, which was a slight decrease from the previous visit but still significantly higher than the preoperative value. RBC, red blood cell.