Ovary Removal: What To Expect If You’re Having An Oopherectomy

What is an Oophorectomy?

Oophorectomy is the surgical procedure remove an ovary or ovaries. This gynecological surgery is also called an ovariectomy. When oophorectomy surgery requires removing both ovaries, it’s called a bilateral oophorectomy. When oophorectomy surgery involves removing a single ovary, it’s often referred to as a unilateral oophorectomy.

Oophorectomy may be performed through small incisions in the abdominals, laparoscopically, or vaginally at the time of hysterectomy. (Source: uptodate.com)

 

 

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What does ovary pain feel like?

According to VeryWellhealth.com, ovary pain, which is often felt in the lower abdomen, pelvis, or lower back, is related to ovulation and menstruation. A GYN problem like endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease, or even a medical condition affecting your digestive or urinary system can be to blame. This can make the diagnosis more difficult.

Are ovarian cysts dangerous?

Physicians recommend what is referred to as watchful waiting. According to ACOG, watchful waiting is a way of monitoring an ovarian cyst with repeat ultrasound exams to see if the cyst has changed in size or appearance. Your ob-gyn or other health care professional will decide when to repeat the ultrasound exam and how long this follow-up should last. Many cysts go away on their own after one or two menstrual cycles.

How to prepare for an oophorectomy?

To prepare for an oophorectomy, your doctor may ask that you:

  • Drink a solution to clear your intestines the day before surgery
  • Stop eating the day before your surgery and limit liquids
  • Stop taking certain medications
  • Undergo imaging tests, such as ultrasound and computerized tomography (CT), to help surgeons plan for the procedure

Ovary Removal & Infertility?

If you want to have children and you need to have an ovary removal, talk with your doctor about your options. For some conditions, you may need only one ovary removed (unilateral oophorectomy). With the remaining ovary, you’ll still have a menstrual cycle and conceive naturally.

If both of your ovaries are removed (bilateral oophorectomy), but your uterus remains, you may be able to become pregnant using assisted reproductive technology. Ask your doctor to refer you to a fertility specialist who can review your options with you.

What is life like after an Oophorectomy or Ovary Removal?

Whether your oophorectomy is an open, laparoscopic, or robotic procedure depends on your situation. Laparoscopic or robotic oophorectomy usually offers quicker recovery time, less pain, and a shorter hospital stay. But these procedures aren’t appropriate for everyone, and in some cases, a surgery that begins as laparoscopic may need to be converted to an open procedure during the operation.

After an oophorectomy, you can expect to:

  • Spend time in a recovery room as your anesthesia wears off
  • Move to a hospital room where you may spend a few hours to a few days, depending on your procedure
  • Get up and about as soon as you’re able in order to help your recovery

(Source: Mayoclinic.org)

Are there risks to removing ovaries?

An oophorectomy is a relatively safe procedure. However, with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved. Risks / side effects of an oophorectomy include the following:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Damage to nearby organs
  • Rupture of a tumor, spreading potentially cancerous cells
  • Retention of ovary cells that continue to cause signs and symptoms, such as pelvic pain, in premenopausal women (ovarian remnant syndrome)
  • Inability to get pregnant on your own, if both ovaries are removed

(Source: Mayoclinic.org)

Will removing my ovaries cause premature menopause?

If you haven’t undergone menopause, you will experience premature (early) menopause if both ovaries are removed. This deprives the body of the hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, produced in the ovaries, leading to complications such as:

  • Menopause signs and symptoms, such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Heart disease
  • Memory problems
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Osteoporosis

Are there risks to removing ovaries?

An oophorectomy is a relatively safe procedure. However, with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved. Risks of an oophorectomy include the following:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Damage to nearby organs
  • Rupture of a tumor, spreading potentially cancerous cells
  • Retention of ovary cells that continue to cause signs and symptoms, such as pelvic pain, in premenopausal women (ovarian remnant syndrome)
  • Inability to get pregnant on your own, if both ovaries are removed


If you are considering an Ovary Removal or your doctor has recommended an Oophorectomy following Ovary Pain or other medical symptoms related to your ovaries, please contact Complete Women Care today for an appointment.

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