In this article, I will provide you with an overview of ovarian cysts surgery procedures. I will discuss issues related with surgery to remove ovarian cysts, and suggest a safe, natural alternative to surgery.
What is an Ovarian Cyst?
An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac that forms in or on the ovaries. Although most cysts on the ovary are noncancerous, they can nonetheless be excruciatingly painful. Surgery is often recommended by doctors as a means of getting rid of a cyst on the ovary.
Ovarian Cyst Surgery Procedures
There are two main types of surgery to remove a cyst on the ovary. The first type of procedure is called a laparoscopy. This procedure is used when the cyst is small and appears to be benign. While under general anesthesia, a very small cut is made above or below the navel. A small instrument that functions like a telescope is inserted into the abdomen and the cyst is removed.
The second type of procedure is called a laparotomy. This procedure is used when the cyst is large and when it may be potentially cancerous. In this procedure, while under general anesthesia, a larger incision is made in the stomach to remove the cyst.
Problems with Cyst Surgery
While surgery can be an effective means of removing cysts, there are a number of drawbacks to consider. Surgery is invasive. Complications from surgery can include risk of infection, blood clotting, and loss of fertility. Surgery to remove cysts in the ovary is also expensive, and in some cases may not be covered by insurance. Finally, removal of a cyst through surgery does NOT prevent a cyst from recurring.
Alternatives to Surgery
Fortunately, there are several alternatives to surgery. One alternative is hormonal treatment. Birth control pills are often prescribed as one such hormonal treatment, but this approach too comes with complications. Unwanted side effects can include mood swings, nausea, weight gain and bloating, and a decreased sex drive.