Overview

An ovarian cystectomy is a surgical procedure designed to alleviate troublesome symptoms caused by ovarian cysts in women.

Procedure

Laparoscopy: This minimally invasive approach involves smaller incisions.

Laparotomy: A larger incision provides better visibility and is used when cancer concerns exist.

General Anesthesia: The procedure is performed under anesthesia.

Cyst Removal: The surgeon removes the problematic ovarian cysts (known as ovarian cystectomy).

 

Indications for Ovarian Cystectomy:

  • Presence of ovarian growths on both ovaries.
  • Cyst size exceeding three inches in diameter.
  • Lack of cyst shrinkage or dissolution within two to three months.
  • Ultrasound indicating non-dissolving cysts (not functional cysts).

Post-Surgery:

  • Risk of New Cysts: Removal does not guarantee prevention of new cysts.
  • Oophorectomy: Complete removal of ovaries prevents new cyst growth.
  • Cancer Considerations: In cancerous cases, oophorectomy or complete hysterectomy (removal of ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus) may be recommended.

 

Remember to consult your healthcare provider for personalized advice based on your specific condition and needs.