Written by Dr. Anitha Paderla | 
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sunil Shroff, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond)

Oophorectomy - Post- operative Care

Women report less pain after a laparoscopic procedure than the abdominal incision procedure.

After surgery a woman may feel some discomfort. The degree of discomfort varies and is generally greatest with abdominal incisions, because the abdominal muscles must be stretched out of the way so that the surgeon can reach the ovaries.

Post-operative Care: Some of the post operative measures include-

►Antibiotics are sometimes given to reduce the risk of post-surgical infection.

►If both ovaries are removed, the woman immediately goes into menopause. If there is no evidence of breast cancer, the doctor will prescribe hormone replacement therapy (HRT), either estrogen alone or with progesterone, to help manage the symptoms of menopause.

►Return to normal activities, such as driving and working, takes from 2-6 weeks, depending on the type of surgery you had.

►Some women experience emotional distress following the removal of their ovaries and benefit from counseling and may need some sort of hormone replacement therapy.

Average hospital stay for the abdominal Oophorectomy is three to five days and for the laparoscopic procedure one to two days. A woman will need three to six weeks to return to normal activities after an Abdominal Oophorectomy.

Contact Your Doctor If Any of the Following symptoms occur after you are discharged home -

►Signs of infection, including fever and chills

►Persistent or increased vaginal bleeding or discharge

►Severe pain

►Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision sites

►Difficulty urinating

►Cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, severe nausea or vomiting

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maligi, Niue

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, Canada

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, United Kingdom

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, United Kingdom

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Velinda79, United States

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?