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Ovarian Cyst Surgery – Is Ovarian Cyst Removal Always Necessary?

My girlfriend Emma emailed me some info on ovarian cyst removal from the government website I looked at Friday so I learned more about my ovaries than I really care to know but maybe now I can at least have an intelligent conversation when I see the doc again… She was talking possible ovarian cyst surgery if the cyst does not go away on its own which is not an option at the moment so I don’t know what is going to happen.

What I learned is this:

Women who have an ovarian cyst should only undergo ovarian cyst surgery if this is the last alternative to be cured. I’m not talking about emergency operations where your life is at stake. If you have to consider ovarian cyst removal prepare yourself well, and gather as much information as you can. It is, in fact, also very expensive to undergo operation, but what can you do if this is your last resort.

As far as ovarian cyst surgery is concerned don’t be alarmed! Although, the majority of cysts can be treated by a change in diet, adding high potency supplements, or taking drugs, there will be minor instances where ovarian cyst surgery is required. Natural ovarian cyst treatments that you can do at home are a viable option that every woman should try before even considering ovarian cyst removal or hormone tablets.

Perhaps, you are in the same dilemma as me, and you need to look for alternative, natural treatment to make your cyst go away, would you be interested to find out more?

Mainstream medical procedures are what the treatment of cysts are concerned very limited. If your specialist suggests operation, always go for a second opinion. Be well informed about the surgery, and know what is done, especially when there is the question involved whether to remove your uterus (hysterectomy), or your uterus and your ovary, or ovaries. Hysterectomy is a very painful, and complicated operation that can cause you many problems after the operation.

One way of removing your cyst is by laparoscopy, a minimal invasive operation technique. A small incision is made near your navel, and the surgeon inserts a scope to remove the cyst. In the process the surface of the ovary is cut open and the cyst is peeled off the ovary like taking a clam out of its shell. If the ovary is still healthy, and the ovary tissue has not been damaged by the cyst, this procedure is called a cystectomy because the ovary or ovaries remain functional. In the case that the ovary is damaged, then the surgeon removes also the affected ovary that is called oophorectomy.

Another way to remove cysts is via laparotomy that is a much bigger intestinal incision and is the result of the diagnosis of larger cysts or even ovarian cancer. This sounds so horrible….gives me the shivers!

Since then, for various reasons, laparoscopic surgery in pregnancy has rapidly increased as surgeons realized the safety of the technique in general as well as in pregnancy. Pregnancy is no longer considered as an absolute contraindication for laparoscopic procedures.

Operative laparoscopy should be considered to replace laparotomy in appropriate cases during pregnancy.

Ovarian Cyst Removal – Is it Necessary?

Most common forms of ovarian cysts usually heal with time, sometimes without even a symptom to let the person know something is going on. On some occasions, ovarian cyst removal must be preformed in order to prevent any future physical complications.

Some of the common reasons to have ovarian cyst removal generally have to do with the condition of the cyst it’s self including:

o Large, solid or strangely shaped

o High possibility of cancer

o Amount of pain being experienced due to rupturing or twisting

o Patient Age: The older you are the more likely the ovarian cyst can become cancerous.

Before any decision for ovarian cyst removal can be made, your family doctor or a specialist will do several tests in order to make sure of what they are up against and if the diagnosis of ovarian cysts is correct. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine if you actually do have ovarian cyst or another physical problem due to the generic symptoms most people suffer from. These tests can range from simple blood tests, x-ray, and ultrasounds or a CT scan.

Once the proper determination has been made about the type, shape and make up of the ovarian cyst then a choice can be made about the type of cyst removal procedure the patient will have to undergo. Ovarian cyst removal does not necessarily mean that your ovary will have to be removed.

There are two main forms of ovarian cyst removal: Open Surgery and Laparoscopic Surgery. Open surgery is reserved for cysts that are generally larger or more difficult to treat including severe twisting or bleeding. Laparoscopic surgery is less evasive, only requiring 3 to 4 small incisions usually no more then a inch long to be made so special designed tools can be passed through in order to perform the ovarian cyst removal with the least amount of trauma.

No matter what type of ovarian cyst removal surgery you under go, the surgeon will always look for any signs of cancer. If cancer is discovered, it may be necessary for one or both of your ovaries to be removed in order to prevent it from spreading further. After the cyst is removed, it will be sent to a pathologist for testing to be performed and rule out the presence of cancer.

Once the cyst removal is complete you should not experience any post op complications. Depending on type of surgery you had, Open or Laparoscopic and what all was done, will determine the length of time for you to recover. Just keep a close eye on your physical condition and if you have any questions do not hesitate to call your doctor.