Arrange for a ride to and from the hospital. Also, arrange for someone to help you at home.
Do not eat or drink for at least eight hours before the surgery.
—blocks pain and keeps you asleep through the surgery; given through an IV in your hand or arm
Description of the Procedure
The doctor will make a cut in the abdomen. The abdominal muscles will be separated, and the abdomen will be opened. The doctor will locate, clamp, and tie the blood vessels that supply the ovary. Next, the cyst will be removed. In some case, the doctor will also remove a sample of tissue for testing. If cancer is found, one or both ovaries (if cysts are on both ovaries) may be
. Lastly, the doctor will use stitches to sew the abdominal muscles. The incision area will be closed with stitches or staples.
Immediately After Procedure
After the procedure, you will be given IV fluids and medicines while recovering.
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
You will have abdominal pain and discomfort for 7-10 days. Your doctor will give you pain medicine.
Average Hospital Stay
Recovery may take 3-4 weeks. When you return home, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
Be sure to follow your doctor's
Gently wash the incision area with mild soap and water.
Move and elevate your legs while in bed. This will lessen the chance of
Take prescription pain medicine only for as long as needed.
Take over-the-counter pain relievers (eg,
) if the pain is mild.
Avoid strenuous exercise for 2-6 weeks.
Do not drive until your doctor states this is safe.
Do not resume sexual activity until your doctor says it is okay. You may need to wait two weeks.
Follow your doctor's guidelines for ultrasound tests. These may need to be done if it is likely that the cysts will return.
Call Your Doctor
After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
Signs of infection, including fever and chills
Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a