Ovarian cyst removal
What is ovarian cyst removal?
This is when a woman has an ovarian cyst, and surgical removal is indicated.
- This entails keyhole surgery (5-10mm incision at the bellybutton, and 2-3 other 5mm incisions).
- A camera is placed through the bellybutton to view the pelvis.
- A device is placed on the cervix to manipulate the uterus.
- The abdomen and pelvis is carefully explored, and the cyst carefully removed from the ovary, taking as much care as possible to avoid damaging underlying ovarian tissues.
- The ovary may be ‘repaired’ with sutures (stitching) to allow it to heal better.
When is removal of ovarian cyst performed?
When a patient has symptoms that may be consistent with ovarian cysts.
How is the procedure performed?
Location: at Wakefield Specialist Centre.
Anaesthetic: the procedure is performed under general anaesthetic, meaning a patient is asleep.
Duration of the operation: this depends on the nature of the cyst. If only a cyst is present, the procedure typically takes 60-90 minutes.
What should I expect after removal of ovarian cysts?
When you wake up: you will have an IV line in the arm or hand. A bladder catheter may also be present. The anaesthetist will have a management plan in place for pain to ensure you are comfortable.
Nights in hospital: most cases require a single night in hospital. Some patients will go home the same day.
Time off work: 1-2 weeks, depending on the extent of surgery required.
When back to normal functioning: exercise when you feel able, generally 1-2 weeks. You can have sex again when you feel able to, generally 1-2 weeks.
- This will occur 3-6 weeks after the initial operation.
- If any issues occur when discharged home, you can contact the Wakefield Specialist Centre directly.
- Dr McDowell and Dr Bedford will be on call to assist when necessary.