Surgical Removal Of Ovary / Oophorectomy

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Oophorectomy - Procedures

B. Laparoscopically-Assisted Vaginal Oophorectomy

A laparoscope is a thin telescope tube (from 5 to 10 mm diameter) with a magnifying glass-like eye piece at one end to which a video camera is attached. Through the camera the view inside the abdomen can be seen on a television monitor.


1. After administering anesthesia the abdomen and vagina are prepared with an antibacterial solution.

2. In order for the surgeon to observe the inside of the body clearly, the peritoneal cavity is inflated with gas (usually carbon dioxide).

3. The surgery begins with small abdominal incisions below to the belly button in the skin crease, which allows the insertion of the laparoscope. Another two or three small incisions may be necessary to insert the laparoscopic instruments to dissect and remove the ovaries.

4. Using the laparoscopic surgical tools, the tissues and vessels surrounding the ovaries are cut and tied.

5. When the ovaries are detached, they are removed though a small incision at the top of the vagina. The ovaries can also be reduced in size by cutting into smaller sections before being removed through the small incision.

6. The top of the vaginal cuff is sutured. The abdominal cuts are all closed with stitches, which are likely to leave small scars.

The removed organ(s) are sent to a lab to be analyzed.

The fallopian tubes also may be removed during this surgical procedure.

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maligi 

I had my left ovary,fallopian tube and the cyst removed a week ago. I had a lot of adhesions that is why my left ovary and tube had to be removed. Now am having stabbing pain on my right lower abdomen and some discharges. Discharges were brown and think on the second day post op, red and clotty on the 5th day, today the discharge is black. Can i have some advice please?

Sabrina2U 

I had surgery two days ago, as I had a cyst on my right ovary. My doctor remove the ovary and tube as it was full of Endrometrioma, I feel ok today, except my stomach is really swollen and quite red will the swelling go down? How long after can I start to exercise? I feel like my body looks so ugly. Other then that Iam just tired and a bit weak. Will I get normal periods as they were normal before.

MissP32 

In April this year I had my left ovary and fallopian tube removed due to a tumour the size of a grapefruit. Eight months on and I am getting stabbing pains and shooting pains, deep inside where my scare is. Its making me feel sick and I'm having hot flushes at the same time. Has anyone else experienced this also? If so is this normal or should I contact my consultant about it?

peggy1 

had left overy and cyst removed Aug 2011, all seem to be okay had some dicharge ,checked no infection now got bad pain comes and goes in left side bad back pain started bleeding with some clots is all okay. instions sites slightly lumpy stomach appears swollen/bloated

Velinda79 

I had a right unilateral oopherectomy 2 years ago because I had a cyst. Since my surgery I have experienced weight gain, irritability, water retention and extremely hot palms and soles of feet. I have tried an estrogen spray, estrogen injection,birth control pills and natural estrogen pills....all without success! I have recently started applying a natural progesterone cream that seems to help a little. I am also taking lasix as needed for the water retention, which seems to be getting worse. Any suggestions?

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