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Ovarian Surgery

Ovarian surgery involves various kinds of procedures including surgery to remove ovarian cancer, ovarian cyst removal or removal of the ovaries for polycystic ovarian disease or endometriosis. Whenever there is an ovarian cyst or solid growth on the ovary, it needs to be looked at.

The surgeon can perform the surgery using a laparoscope, which involves several small incisions in the lower abdomen. One incision has a tube with a lighted camera inserted into it that shows the ovaries on a screen for the doctor to see. Other incisions are used to insert small tools into the pelvic cavity. In other situations, an open incision called a laparotomy is performed. Either surgery can be used to check out the ovaries and diagnose what is going on but the laparoscopy is considered a safer and more aesthetically pleasing type of surgery.

Both surgeries are good for basic ovarian problems such as cysts and endometriosis but if there is concern for cancer, a laparotomy is the preferred procedure to do. It allows for the ability to see better inside the pelvis to look for metastases and remove the entire cancerous lesion. Metastatic lesions can be removed at the same time if they are large enough and if it makes sense to remove them. If a non-cancerous cyst is found, it can be removed during the laparoscopy and the rest of the ovary can remain intact without damage. If cancer is found, both ovaries are removed during the same surgery.

General anaesthesia is done during the surgery, which carries risks of its own. If you are having a laparoscopy, you can generally go back to doing regular activities within one day. You should not do any strenuous activity or physical exercise for at least a week. If you have a laparotomy, you will likely stay in the hospital for 2 to 4 days with the ability to return to your regular activities in 4 to 6 weeks.

Surgery is done for several reasons. These include diagnosis of a cyst on the ovary or removal of a cyst that is causing symptoms. It is also used to check for ovarian cancer.

The following situations warrant ovarian surgery:
  • An ovarian cyst bigger than 3 inches
  • Ovarian growths on both ovaries
  • Ovarian cyst that doesn’t decrease by 2-3 months
  • The cyst is felt not to be a simple ovarian functional cyst
  • You have never had a menstrual period and you have a growth on your ovary
  • You have a growth on your ovary after menopause
  • You are on a progestin only pill and have an ovarian growth
  • Cancer of the ovary is suspected

An ovarian cyst can be successfully removed from the ovary in a procedure called a cystectomy with the ovary preserved and your fertility remaining intact. If it is likely that there will be an ovary on the same side or the opposite side of the pelvis, then the entire ovary or both ovaries are removed in a procedure called an oophorectomy.

There are risks to having ovarian surgery. These include the following:

  • There are risks to having general anaesthesia such as cardiopulmonary arrest
  • There is heavy bleeding possible
  • There is the risk for infection
  • The ovarian cysts might come back after a cystectomy
  • The pain may be too severe and unable to be controlled adequately following the procedure
  • You can get scar tissue or adhesions after the surgery at the surgery site, on the fallopian tubes, on the ovaries or elsewhere in the pelvis. These can cause pelvic pain.
  • There may be bladder or bowel damage following or at the time of the procedure.

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