HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support and Information
Advertising Info HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support Tutorial

Go Back   Hysterectomy HysterSisters > Separate Surgeries Articles

HysterSisters Articles for Hysterectomy


SHARING IS CARING

Oophorectomy Information

From the Separate Surgeries Articles List

Oophorectomy 101What do I need to know about an oophorectomy?


An oophorectomy is the surgical removal of an ovary. When one ovary is removed, it is referred to as a unilateral oophorectomy; when both are removed, it is called a bilateral oophorectomy. A salpingectomy (removal of the fallopian tubes) and/or hysterectomy can be done along with an oophorectomy, or the surgery can be done separately.

Similar to a hysterectomy, an oophorectomy can be done using several different methods in a surgical center under anesthesia. A laparotomy is the most invasive option and involves a single, larger incision in the lower abdomen. For this type of oophorectomy, the hospital stay and recovery will be longer, there can be more post-operative pain, and the scar will be more significant. Recovery and restrictions may last as long as 6 weeks.

Minimally invasive options, such as a laparoscopy, may use a single belly button incision or a few small incisions in the abdomen area, which can minimize scarring, decrease pain, and shorten recovery. This type of surgery may also be done on an outpatient basis so that no overnight hospital stay is required. Recovery can be between 2–4 weeks.

General risks for an oophorectomy include infection, bleeding, nicking nearby organs, and small bowel obstruction. In addition, if ovarian cells are missed ovarian remnant syndrome (ORS) can occur, which can lead to continue ovarian issues and even ovarian cysts. As with any surgery, there can also be anesthesia or medication reactions.

An oophorectomy may be done for benign conditions, malignancy, or prophylactically when there is a specific higher risk of cancer. As new research is indicating that ovarian cancer may begin in the fallopian tubes, some women and their medical professionals may decide a prophylactic salpingectomy rather than a prophylactic oophorectomy is the right choice. More research is needed, however, to determine if this should be a universal recommendation.

The ovaries produce estrogen and progesterone, so removal of both ovaries causes surgical menopause for women. Health risks involved with losing those hormones include vaginal dryness, heart disease, osteoporosis, and premature death. Depression, mental issues, and decreased libido may also occur, along with hot flashes, night sweats, and fatigue. In some cases hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be an option and could minimize symptoms, but HRT is not right for everyone and comes with some pros and cons, too.

If an oophorectomy has been recommended for you, consider seeking a second opinion before scheduling surgery to help you determine if this surgery is right for you. You’ll also want to weigh all the pros and cons and consider the long-term hormonal implications before making any final decisions.


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 - 04:26 PM


SHARING IS CARING


Do you have a question?

If you have a medical support question related to this article, come JOIN US in our HysterSisters Community Forums. You will receive helpful replies to your questions from our members. See you there!


HysterSisters Free Hysterectomy Booklet

What 350,000 Women Know About Hysterectomy with pages of information, helpful tips and hints to prepare and recover from hysterectomy. Free download for members.




HysterSisters Articles

Diagnosis
Options to Hysterectomy
Treatment Alternatives
Pre-Op Hysterectomy
Post-Op Hysterectomy
Separate Surgeries
Hormone and Menopause
Intimacy after Hysterectomy
Pelvic Floor
Separate Surgeries
Fitness after Hysterectomy
GYN Cancer
Breast Health
Grief and Loss
Endometriosis
Uterine Fibroids
GYN Genetics
Hysterectomy Stories
Ask A Doctor




Find a Surgeon

HysterSisters Doctor Directory
Ted Lee, M.D.
Magee Womens Hospital
300 Halket Street
Pittsburgh PA 15213
412 641 6412
Eve LaValley Willsey, M.D.
5821 Jameson Court
Carmichael CA 95608
(916) 486-0411
Lauren Streicher, M.D.
Gynecologic Specialists of Northwestern, S.C
680 N. Lake Shore Dr., Suite 117
Chicago IL 60611
(312)654-1166
Antonio Gargiulo, M.D.
Brigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston MA 02115
617-732-4222
Arnold Advincula, M.D.
Columbia Ob/Gyn Midtown
51 West 51st St, 3rd FL
New York NY 10019
(855) 75-OBGYN
Kym Boyman, M.D.
1775 Williston Rd., Ste. 110
South Burlington VT 05403
802-735-1252
Ken Sinervo, M.D.
1140 Hammond Dr., Ste. F6220
Atlanta GA 30328
770-913-0001
Jack Ayoub, M.D.
44035 Riverside Parkway
Suite 435
Leesburg VA 20176
703.858.5599
Joseph S. Valenti, M.D.
2805 S. Mayhill Road
Denton TX 76208
940 591-6700

Advertisement

Hysterectomy News

October 17,2021

CURRENT NEWS

HysterSisters Takes On Partner To Manage Continued Growth And Longevity
I have news that is wonderful and exciting! This week’s migration wasn’t a typical migration - from one set ... News Archive

TODAY'S EVENTS

Calendar - Hysterectomies - Birthdays


Request Information


I am a HysterSister

HYSTERECTOMY STORIES

Featured Story - All Stories - Share Yours

FOLLOW US


Your Hysterectomy Date


CUSTOMIZE Your Browsing  



Advertisement


Advertisement