Ovarian Cyst Removal -- Open 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 occur:

    • 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 medicines you have been given
    • Unexpected amount of vaginal bleeding or discharge
    • Cough
      , shortness of breath, or chest pain
    • Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medicines you were given after surgery, or which persist for more than two days after discharge from the hospital
    • Headaches, muscle aches, dizziness, 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
      (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

    Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

    • Obesity
    • Chronic or recent illness
    • Heavy use of alcohol
      , or
      use of narcotics
      (may make delivering anesthesia more difficult or impair wound healing)
    • Use of certain prescription medicines
    • Pregnancy
    • Previous abdominal surgery

    Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.