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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:
Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications such as:
The following may also increase your risk of complications:
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:
A small incision will be made just below the navel. Next, a laparoscope will be inserted. 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. When it is found, one or two more incisions will be made. Surgical instruments will be inserted to remove the cyst. Tissue may be removed for testing. If cancer is found, both ovaries may need to be removed. After the cyst is removed, the instruments will be removed. The incision area will be closed with stitches or staples.
In some cases, the doctor may switch to an
open surgery. A larger incision will be made in the abdomen to do the surgery.
After the procedure, you will be given IV fluids and medications while recovering.
There will be pain after the surgery. Your doctor will give you pain medication.
You may stay overnight, or you may be able to leave the hospital the same day as your surgery.
During your stay, the hospital staff will take steps to reduce your chance of infection such as:
There are also steps you can take to reduce your chances of infection such as:
Recovery may take 1-2 weeks.
After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
National Uterine Fibroids Foundation
Women's Health Matters
Ovarian cyst. American Academy of Family Physicians' FamilyDoctor.org website. Available at:
http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/women/reproductive/gynecologic/279.html. Updated August 2010. Accessed January 7, 2014.
Ovarian cysts. Office on Women's Health website. Available at: http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/ovarian-cysts.html. Updated July 16, 2012. Accessed January 7, 2014.
Last reviewed December 2013 by Andrea Chisholm, MD
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