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.

Further information


Irregular or unscheduled bleeding

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Persistent pelvic pain

If you have pain on and off for more than 6 months we call it 'persistent pelvic pain'. There are a number of conditions that can be involved, and sometimes more than one will be present. In some cases the cause is obvious, such as an ovarian cyst, or a urinary tract infection, but in other women the cause is elusive. Find out more


Ovarian cysts

Ovarian cysts are very common. There are a number of different types, with different symptoms and a range of treatments. In many cases, they will cause no problems at all, and resolve on their own without intervention. Find out more