- splenectomy, the removal of the spleen
- asplenia, the condition of having a missing or non-functioning spleen. Describes the sort of diseases that I'm at higher risk for.
- Pneumovax, the vaccine I got one week before the surgery (I may need to have the shot again every 5-10 years)
- C-diff, the bacteria that flared up in my gut after surgery (for which I took Metronidazole)