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Ovary removal surgery (also known as oophorectomy or ovariectomy), is the surgical removal of one or both ovaries. The surgery is performed to remove ovaries affected by cancer, to remove the source of estrogen that may stimulate some cancers, to remove large ovarian cysts, and to treat endometriosis. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and can be performed either open or laparoscopic....more »
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What is Ovary Removal Surgery (Oophorectomy)? Oophorectomy is the surgical removal of one or both ovaries. The ovaries are small organs located on each side of the uterus and contain eggs responsible for reproduction. If only one ovary is removed, a woman may continue to menstruate and have children. If both ovaries are removed, menstruation stops and a woman will no longer bear children. The removal of the ovaries is most commonly performed when cancer is present. They may also be removed as part of a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus). Ovary removal can be done through laparoscopic surgery or through abdominal incision....more »
Who are candidates for Ovary Removal Surgery (Oophorectomy)? Oophorectomy is primarily performed when ovarian cysts or cancer is present. Some women who may be at high risk for developing breast or ovarian cancer may choose to have their ovaries removed as a preventive measure. An oophorectomy may be recommended for any of the following:
What are alternatives to Ovary Removal Surgery (Oophorectomy)? Benign ovarian cysts may be first treated with observation, tests and medication. If cancer is present, surgical removal of one or both ovaries may be necessary.
Removal of the ovaries to prevent the risk of developing breast or uterine cancer is referred to as prophylactic oophorectomy. This may be an option for women who have undergone genetic testing and have confirmed they are at increased risk for cancer. The decision to undergo preventive ovary removal should be discussed at length with your doctor to thoroughly understand the risks and benefits....more »
How do you prepare for Ovary Removal Surgery (Oophorectomy)? Prior to any surgery, your doctor will give you a complete medical examination and evaluate your overall health and your health history. You may be required to get additional tests such as X-rays and lab tests. Your doctor will also review with you the potential risks and benefits of the operation and will ask you to sign a consent form. It is important that you ask questions and be sure you understand the reason for the surgery as well as the risks.
It is important that you inform your doctor if you have allergies to any medications, what medications you are taking, and if you have bleeding problems. It is also important to inform your doctor if you are pregnant.
Your doctor will also give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Carefully following these instructions will help your surgery go more smoothly.
Depending on the circumstances of your surgery, you may be instructed to do the following:
What is the Ovary Removal Surgery (Oophorectomy) recovery process? Recovery time depends on the type of surgery performed. You will likely feel discomfort after the surgery and you should avoid lifting heavy objects for several weeks. Also, refrain from climbing stairs and driving for several weeks.
If you do not have cancer and have both ovaries removed, you will be prescribed hormone replacement therapy, since your ovaries no longer produce estrogen.
If you have cancer, chemotherapy and radiation will be administered in addition to surgery....more »
What is the cost of Ovary Removal Surgery (Oophorectomy)? A variety of factors may influence the cost of the surgery. They include:
These factors vary depending on you and your situation.
The cost of each procedure can vary dramatically based upon age, location, gender, and insurance coverage. HealthGrades provides detailed cost estimates which include the costs of the procedure, drugs, hospital stay, and more. Each cost estimate is easy to understand and provides medical terms you need to know.
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Where can I find a Ovary Removal Surgery (Oophorectomy) doctor or surgeon? Ovary Removal Surgery (Oophorectomy) is typically performed by doctors specializing in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Nationally, there are 43486 practicing Obstetricians & Gynecologists. HealthGrades offers detailed physician reports to help you find a qualified Ovary Removal Surgery (Oophorectomy) doctor or surgeon in your area, which includes disciplinary actions, patient feedback, background information, and more. Start your search now!
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