Ovarian Cyst Removal
What is ovarian cyst removal?
Ovaries are a part of the female reproductive system and are located in the lower abdomen on either side of the uterus. Many women develop ovarian cysts in their lifetime. Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that develop in an ovary or on its surface. Most ovarian cysts cause little or no discomfort and are harmless. However, a large ovarian cyst or a ruptured one can cause symptoms such as:
- Pelvic pain – a sharp or dull ache in the lower abdomen where the cyst is located
- Fullness or heaviness in the abdomen
It is important to seek immediate medical attention if you experience sudden, severe abdominal or pelvic pain and pain that’s accompanied by fever or vomiting.
How can ovarian cysts be treated?
Cysts can be removed surgically, either through a cystectomy, laparoscopy or laparotomy. Ovarian cyst removal is a surgery performed to remove a cyst or cysts from the ovaries. The cysts may be removed using laparoscopic surgery and is usually conducted when a cyst is causing uncomfortable symptoms or if ovarian cancer is suspected. Some other reasons for undergoing ovarian cyst removal surgery include:
- The ovarian cyst is particularly large.
- The ovarian cyst does not decrease in size or disappear after three months
- There are cysts in both ovaries
During an ovarian cyst removal, a keyhole incision will be made below the navel. A laparoscope will be inserted in the incision, which will allow the surgeon to view the internal organs. Harmless gas will be used to inflate the abdomen. The surgeon will locate the cyst and use special instruments to remove the cyst. After the procedure, the incision will be stitched or stapled close.
What are the benefits of ovarian cyst removal?
Ovarian cyst removal is highly effective, and it is possible for your surgeon to remove a cyst without damaging either your ovary or impacting your fertility.