This is surgery to remove a cyst on an ovary .
An ovarian cyst may need to be removed if it is:
Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have an ovarian cyst removed, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.
Your doctor may do the following:
Talk to your doctor about what action should be taken if cancer is found during surgery. One option is to remove the ovary.
Leading up to the surgery:
The doctor will make a small incision just below the navel. Next, the doctor will insert a laparoscope. This is a thin tube with a camera on the end. To allow the doctor to better view the organs, carbon dioxide gas will be pumped into the abdomen. The laparoscope will be used to locate the cyst. Once found, the doctor will make one or two more incisions. Surgical tools will be inserted to remove the cyst. The doctor may remove tissue for testing. If cancer is found, both ovaries may need to be removed. Once the cyst is removed, the doctor will remove the tools. The incision area will be closed with stitches or staples.
In some cases, the doctor may switch to an open surgery . He will make a large incision in the abdomen to do the surgery.
After the procedure, you will be given IV fluids and medicines while recovering.
There will be pain after the surgery. Your doctor will give you pain medicine.
You may stay overnight, or you may be able to leave the hospital the same day as your surgery.
Recovery may take 1-2 weeks. When you return home, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
In case of an emergency, CALL 911 .
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
National Uterine Fibroids Foundation
Women's Health Matters
Ovarian cysts. Mayo Clinic website. Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ovarian-cysts/DS00129/DSECTION=7 . Updated July 20, 2007. Accessed June 10, 2008.
Pelvic laparoscopy. National Library of Medicine, Medline Plus website. Available at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002916.htm . Updated February 2008. Accessed September 11, 2009.
Last reviewed October 2009 by Ganson Purcell Jr., MD, FACOG, FACPE
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