Ovarian cysts are not that uncommon in women of childbearing age. Ovarian cyst surgery, on the other hand, is usually only recommended when a cyst does not resolve itself on its own or it is the type of cyst that needs closer attention.
There are basically two types of cysts, a functional cyst which is the most common type of cyst and the complex cyst which is more rare but also potentially more serious. If you have been diagnosed with a functional cyst chances are your doctor has recommended the watch and wait approach, meaning wait and see if your cyst grows in size or will eventually dissolve on it’s own. Your doctor also may have prescribed hormone treatments.
Know that a functional cyst will often dissolve on its own over time without the need for surgery. You can encourage this outcome by incorporating healthful holistic practices that will help your body heal and bring your hormone levels back to healthy levels without the use for prescription drugs.
A complex cyst is a cyst that may require a biopsy as the cancer risks are higher. This type of cyst is less likely to go away on its own and can become extremely painful. A functional cyst that grows large or becomes twisted and causes extraordinary pain may also need more serious attention. Regardless of the type of cyst, if you are experiencing pain or disrupted menstrual cycles your doctor may recommend ovarian cyst surgery.
In most cases, ovarian cyst surgery is performed using laparoscopy. This is a very simple surgical technique that is much less invasive than other types of surgery. When used for ovarian cyst surgery, a small incision is made, usually below the navel. A laparoscope, which is a lighted viewing instrument, can then be inserted into the abdomen and the surgeon is able to perform a biopsy or remove the cyst. Laparoscopy ovarian cyst surgery leaves only a small scar and is usually less risky than major surgery.
Recovery time after a laparoscopy is minimal. You can go back to your normal activities within a day although you should not engage in any strenuous activity for a week. The advantages of this type of ovarian cyst surgery include the ability to preserve the ovary and therefore a woman’s ability to conceive. The disadvantages are that new cysts can still form as it does not treat the underlying cause of the problem.
Natural remedies for ovarian cysts go to the core of the problem which is thought to be a hormonal imbalance. Ovarian cyst surgery will remove the cyst and rule out any potential cancer risk from an existing cyst but it will not prevent new cysts from forming. Treating your overall health and taking steps to keep your hormone levels in balance will.
Dietary changes should be your first line of defense when faced with a painful cyst regardless of whether or not you opt for ovarian cyst surgery. Significant changes may help an existing cyst dissolve more quickly and prevent future cysts from occurring.
A vegetarian diet is often recommended to treat existing ovarian cysts. Some research has shown that diets high in meat and cheese are more likely to encourage cyst development than a diet of fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains.
Reducing your intake of sugar, processed foods and white flour will also help rebalance your hormone levels. These are just a few of the many healthful steps you can take to avoid ovarian cyst surgery and most importantly to prevent future cysts from developing.