Ovarian Cyst Removal -- Laparoscopic Surgery

This is surgery to remove a cyst on an ovary .

  • Call Your Doctor


    After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
    • Pain that you cannot control with the medications you have been given
    • Increased vaginal bleeding or discharge
    • Cough
      , shortness of breath, chest pain
    • Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medications you were given after surgery, or which persist for more than two days after discharge from the hospital
    • Headaches, muscle aches, lightheadedness, or general ill feeling
    • Constipation
      or abdominal swelling
    • Vomiting
    • Urinary difficulties
    • Onset of pain or swelling in one or both legs
    • New, unexplained symptoms

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition


    This is surgery to remove a
    cyst on an ovary
    .

    Ovarian Cyst
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure


    An ovarian cyst may need to be removed if it is:


    • Suspected of being
      cancerous
      —the chances are lower if you are young
    • Large—more than 2.5 inches in diameter
    • Solid—rather than containing just fluid
    • Causing pain

  • Possible Complications


    Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have an ovarian cyst removed, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

    • Infection
    • Bleeding
    • Cyst returns after it is removed
    • Need for removal of one or both ovaries
    • Infertility
    • Blood clots
    • Damage to other organs

    Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications such as:

    • Smoking
    • Drinking
    • Chronic disease such as diabetes or obesity
    • The use of certain prescription medications

    The following may also increase your risk of complications:

    • Pregnancy
    • Prior abdominal surgery