Ovarian Cyst Removal And What To Expect

By Amanda Clark

If you have an ovarian cyst you will more than likely need a procedure to remove them. Most cyst are asymptomatic and will more than likely go away on their own in a couple months. If the cyst are cancerous, large, painful, or twisted your doctor may want to do an ovarian cyst removal. The older you get the more likely the cyst will become cancerous.

Several things can cause problems while removing cyst. This things are called risk factors. Some risk factors that could be an issue are obesity, illness, drug and alcohol abuse, and smoking. If you are taking medications such as insulin, muscle relaxants, or sedatives you should tell your doctor before the procedure.

Take your time when making a decision to have an ovarian cyst removed. Have a discussion with your doctor about risk and success rates. Find out what you should expect before and after your surgery. If you decide to have the procedure then you should be prepared to have a physical exam, blood test, urine test, and an ultrasound or even an x-ray.

One of the procedures for ovarian cyst removal is laparoscopic surgery. This surgery is fairly simple, your doctor will make a small incision right under your naval and insert a laparoscope through it. He will then pump carbon dioxide gas into your abdomen so that he can see all of the organs better. Once the laparoscope finds the cyst he will then make one ot two more small incisions so he can remove the ovarian cyst.

The second procedure is open surgery. The surgery is the more invasive of the two. The doctor will need to cut your abdomen and muscles open so that your abdomen can be completely opened up. Once that is done the surgeon will locate the blood vessels that feed the cyst. He can then clamp and tie them. Once the surgeon removes the cyst you will be stapled or stitched up.

Recovery time will vary from person to person depending on the surgery. The laparoscopic surgery will only hurt for 2-4 days afterward. But the open surgery can leave you in pain for 7-10 days. You will need to avoid strenuous activity for several weeks along with sexual activity. You should not do any lifting either. Your body needs time to recover from surgery. - 30540

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