Concerns with Ovarian Cyst Removal

Author: Jay Tyler

Although ovarian cysts may disappear naturally without treatment, ovarian cyst removal is recommended when cysts are large, solid, irregularly shaped, suspected of being cancerous, twisted, ruptured, and or causing severe pain. Development of a cancerous ovarian cyst increases with the woman\'s age, thus, it is more likely to be recommended for older patients to have cysts removed immediately.

Thorough physical examination by your doctor should be done before you have a ovarian cyst removal done. Generally these tests will include X-rays and CT scans of the abdomen to double check the diagnosis, blood and urine tests and going over any current medications and previous medical conditions.

In order to remove an ovarian cyst, a doctor may choose to perform either laparoscopic surgery or open surgery, depending on the type of ovarian cyst that is removed. It is common to perform open surgery on larger cysts.

In laparoscopic surgery, a slim tube called a laparoscope is introduced into the patient\'s body by making a small incision in the lower abdomen. It is very helpful in locating the ovarian cyst as well as to guide its removal.

Large ovarian cysts are usually removed through surgery under general anesthesia. Post-operative experience usually includes some abdominal pain. Other complications like bleeding and infection may also be experienced. In a few rare cases, removal may cause infertility and blood clots. There is also a chance that a new cyst will still develop after ovarian cyst removal surgery.

As long as the surgeon preforming the ovarian cyst removal procedure finds no signs of ovarian cancer it is very uncommon for you to have any complications afterwards and recovery should only take a few weeks. If there are signs of ovarian cancer found, then the removal of one or both of the patients ovaries may have to be removed and a treatment plan will have to be discussed for the ovarian cancer.

Surgery for ovarian cyst removal may result in high fever or chills, abdominal swelling, vomiting, excessive pain or bleeding or any other ill feelings. If you experience any of these after your operation, contact your doctor immediately. You may or may not experience any complications post-surgery but nonetheless, it should be closely monitored.

Hearing that you possibly have to have ovarian cyst removal surgery can be a scary subject for any woman. You can read more about ovarian cyst removal as well as many other ovarian cyst articles at

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