Ovarian Cyst Removal—Laparoscopic Surgery
by Editorial Staff and Contributors
This is surgery to remove a cyst on an ovary.
Reasons for Procedure
An ovarian cyst may need to be removed if it is:
Possible Complications TOP
Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have an ovarian cyst removed, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.
What to Expect TOP
Prior to Procedure
Your doctor may do the following:
Talk to your doctor about what action should be taken if cancer is found during surgery. One option is to remove the ovary.
Leading up to the surgery:
Description of the Procedure
The doctor will make a small incision just below the navel. Next, the doctor will insert a laparoscope. This is a thin tube with a camera on the end. To allow the doctor to better view the organs, carbon dioxide gas will be pumped into the abdomen. The laparoscope will be used to locate the cyst. Once found, the doctor will make one or two more incisions. Surgical tools will be inserted to remove the cyst. The doctor may remove tissue for testing. If cancer is found, both ovaries may need to be removed. Once the cyst is removed, the doctor will remove the tools. The incision area will be closed with stitches or staples.
In some cases, the doctor may switch to an open surgery. He will make a large incision in the abdomen to do the surgery.
Immediately After Procedure
After the procedure, you will be given IV fluids and medicines while recovering.
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
There will be pain after the surgery. Your doctor will give you pain medicine.
Average Hospital Stay
You may stay overnight, or you may be able to leave the hospital the same day as your surgery.
Recovery may take 1-2 weeks. When you return home, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
Call Your Doctor TOP
After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
National Uterine Fibroids Foundation
Women's Health Matters
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Ovarian cysts. Mayo Clinic website. Available at: http://www.mayo.edu/ . Updated July 20, 2007. Accessed June 10, 2008.
Last reviewed September 2012 by Andrea Chisholm
Last Updated: 9/26/2012