Surgical Removal Of Ovary / Oophorectomy

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Oophorectomy - FAQ's

1. Who performs a Oophorectomy ?
A gynecologist performs Oophorectomy.

2. Why are the ovaries removed in women above 40 years who are under going hysterectomy operation?
Some physicians until the 1980's reasoned that a woman over 40 was approaching menopause would soon stop secreting estrogen and releasing eggs from the ovaries. Removing the ovaries would accelerate menopause by a few years however it would give them the advantage of reducing risks of cancers.

3. What are the affects of ovaries removal on the Body?
The current thinking towards preserving ovaries is increasing as the risks of ovarian cancer in women who have no family history of the disease is less than 1%.
Removing the ovaries increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and accelerates osteoporosis unless a woman takes prescribed hormone replacements. Hence there is no place for subjecting women to unnecessary removal of ovaries unless there is a surgical indication for the same

4. When is a prophylactic or preventive Oophorectomy done?
Genetic mutation of the two genes called BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes - are linked to breast cancer, ovarian cancer and some other cancers. In woman with strong family history of ovarian or breast cancers, preventive oophorectomy is sometimes recommended for those who are over 35 to 40 years and who have a completed their families.
The lifetime risk for developing ovarian cancer in women who have mutations in (genes) BRCA1 is 30% by age 60.

5. Can a woman conceive if one ovary is removed?
Yes she can conceive. As she will continue to produce eggs from the other ovary

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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?


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.


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?


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


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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