When Does an Ovarian Cystectomy Become Necessary?

An ovarian cystectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure for removing a cyst from an ovary. It is possible for ovarian cysts to go away on their own. However, an ovarian cystectomy might be needed if you have persistent ovarian cysts or are experiencing pain, discomfort, and other symptoms. Dr. Anya Rose and Dr. Megan Gau, the board certified providers at Rose Women's Health in Arcadia, CA, can determine if an ovarian cystectomy is needed.

Ovarian Cysts 

Many women develop ovarian cysts at some point so their occurrence is fairly common. In most cases, a cyst on an ovary is usually both harmless and painless. Yet, it is still wise to see a doctor to rule out cancer or other possible health issues. 

While ovarian cysts are often painless, some women do experience various symptoms. These symptoms can include swelling, pressure, pain, or bloating in the lower abdominal area on the same side where the cyst is located. Pain relief medication is one option for minimizing potential discomfort and other side effects of an ovarian cyst. Additionally, birth control pills can be helpful in preventing the growth of new cysts. 

Ovarian cysts do not always require treatment. In fact, many disappear on their own within a few months. Cysts that are large, persistent, or causing problems might need to be removed. The experienced doctors at our women’s health clinic in Arcadia, CA, perform ovarian cystectomies and can determine if one is necessary in your case. 

The Ovarian Cystectomy Procedure

The ovarian cystectomy procedure is a minimally invasive surgery in which problematic cysts are removed, while preserving as much ovarian tissue as possible. This can be achieved by using a laparoscope, which is a thin tool with a small camera attached to it. The camera transmits images to a screen so the doctor can see exactly where the cyst is located and easily remove it. 

General anesthesia will be administered prior to the ovarian cystectomy. You will sleep through the entire procedure, which can last between 1-2 hours. Performing an ovarian cystectomy involves making a small incision in the abdomen in order to access the affected ovary. Once the cyst is removed, the incision is closed. Each patient is different, but recovery can take a few weeks before you are able to completely resume all your normal activities. 

An ovarian cystectomy becomes necessary when a cyst is large, recurring, or causing symptoms that are interfering with your daily life. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Rose or Dr. Gau to learn more about the ovarian cystectomy by contacting Rose Women's Health in Arcadia, CA, at (626) 461-7071.

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