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Ovarian Cystectomy: Surgery for Ovarian Cyst without an Oophorectomy

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Woman with stomach pains contemplates surgery for Ovarian Cyst without an OophorectomyDo I have to have an oophorectomy to remove an ovarian cyst?


An oophorectomy is not always necessary when removing an ovarian cyst. Your surgeon may be able to use a variety of techniques to eliminate the cyst while preserving your ovary.

There are many variables that affect whether or not an ovarian cyst can be removed without removing the ovary. These can include your age and overall health, the type and size of the cyst, cancer concerns, and the health of the ovary. When cancer is involved and/or a woman is postmenopausal, an oophorectomy is generally done automatically as part of the cyst removal.

Surgery to remove an ovarian cyst may be referred to as an ovarian cystectomy or ovarian cyst removal. The procedures are done in a surgical center under anesthesia as either a laparoscopy or laparotomy. The cyst may either be drained or removed completely.

If a laparoscopic, or minimally invasive, method is used, recovery can be quicker and less painful, and scarring should be minimal. A minimally invasive or laparoscopic method may also allow you to go home the same day as the surgery. Recovery may be as little as 1–2 weeks.

A laparotomy could leave more pain and scarring and keep you in the hospital longer. Recovery would also be longer, extending from 4–6 weeks depending on the incision and extent of surgery.

Risks for removing an ovarian cyst include infection, damage to nearby organs, and/or the formation of adhesions. Ovarian cysts may also reoccur. And as with any surgery, reactions to anesthesia or medications are also possible.

Though most ovarian cysts do not require surgical treatment, it is possible to remove a cyst without removing the ovary during a surgical procedure. Before having surgery to remove an ovarian cyst, it can be helpful to seek a second opinion about your situation to determine if more than just an ovarian cystectomy is necessary. If there is a cancer concern, you might want to consider working with a gynecological oncologist with plenty of experience with your diagnosis.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

07-22-2014 - 03:59 PM


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