Laparoscopic removal of ovarian cyst
An ovarian cystectomy is surgery to remove a cyst from your ovary. Laparoscopic ovarian cystectomy is a minimally invasive surgical technique that uses only a few small incisions on your abdomen for removal of the cyst.
Why am I having this surgery
Many women will have an ovarian cyst at some point during their lifetime. Usually, cysts cause little or no symptoms. However, if a cyst is causing pain, discomfort or bloating, surgical removal of the cyst may be a good treatment option. Symptoms of an ovarian cyst include pelvic pain, especially during periods or sexual intercourse, and a feeling that there is ‘something’ in the pelvis.
What happens during surgery
Before surgery begins, you will be given a general anaesthesia. A laparoscope, a thin tube with a camera on the end, is inserted into the abdomen through a small incision, usually in your belly button, and additional incisions are made on your abdomen. Carbon dioxide gas is run continuously into the abdomen to create space between the abdominal wall and internal organs. Special surgical instruments are used to remove the cyst through one of the small incisions.
What are the risks of this surgery
This procedure has a small risk of:
- A small possibility of removal of the ovary
- Bleeding during surgery which may require a blood transfusion
- Infection of the surgical site
- Damage to surrounding organs (bladder, bowel, and ureters)
- Possible need for further surgery
How to prepare for the surgery
- Do not eat or drink anything for 4-6 hours before your surgery as advised by the hospital.
- You will be under anaesthesia for the procedure so you will need someone to drive you to and from the hospital.
What should I expect during recovery
After the procedure, it is normal for the area around your belly button and abdomen to be sore and possibly bruised. Your shoulders and back may hurt from the gas placed in your abdomen during the procedure. You may have some vaginal discharge or spotting after surgery.
The incisions on your abdomen may be closed with a skin adhesive or dissolvable sutures Avoid soaking your incisions in the bathtub or with swimming. You may shower but avoid rubbing the incisions. Once the dressings become wet, you should remove the wet dressings and apply fresh, dry ones.
In the first week after surgery, you may feel more tired than usual. Take it easy during this week and then gradually increase your activity level with short walks and light activity. Sexual activity can resume when you feel comfortable.
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