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Ovary Removal Surgery (Oophorectomy)

Ovary Removal Surgery (Oophorectomy): Introduction

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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Ovary Removal Surgery (Oophorectomy): Related Terms

Other medical terms related to medical conditions and procedures for Ovary Removal Surgery (Oophorectomy) include:

Ovary Removal Surgery (Oophorectomy): Overview

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 »

Profile: Patient Candidates for Ovary Removal Surgery (Oophorectomy)

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:

  • To remove large ovarian cysts.
  • To treat endometriosis - a condition where tissue that typically lines the uterus grows elsewhere such as on the ovaries or behind the uterus. Endometriosis can cause scarring and infertility.
  • To lower the risk of an ectopic pregnancy - when the egg is fertilized outside of the uterus, sometimes in the fallopian tubes.
  • To lower the risk of cancer in women with a family history of ovarian or breast cancer.
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Ovary Removal Surgery (Oophorectomy): Treatment Options

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 »

Ovary Removal Surgery (Oophorectomy): Preparing for Surgery

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:

  • Completely empty your colon and cleanse your intestines prior to surgery. You may be requested to drink clear liquids only for one or several days prior to surgery.
  • Stop eating or drinking after midnight the night before the operation except medications that your doctor has told you are permissible to take with a sip of water the morning of surgery.
  • Plan for your care and recovery after the operation. Find someone to drive you home after the surgery. Allow for time to rest and try to find people to help you with your day-to-day duties.
  • Stop smoking at least six to eight weeks prior to surgery as smoking delays wound healing. Smokers are also more likely to have breathing problems during surgery.
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Ovary Removal Surgery (Oophorectomy): Recovery After Surgery

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 »

Ovary Removal Surgery (Oophorectomy): Costs of Surgery

What is the cost of Ovary Removal Surgery (Oophorectomy)? A variety of factors may influence the cost of the surgery. They include:

  • Insurance coverage
  • Pre-existing health
  • Insurance co-pay
  • Location of the facility

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.

The detailed cost estimate for Ovary Removal Surgery (Oophorectomy), includes costs for:

  • Laparoscopic removal of the adnexal structures, or tubes and ovaries
  • Open surgery to partially or completely remove ovaries, with/without removal of lymph nodes due to cancer
  • Open surgery to remove ovaries and tubes for malignant tumor
  • Radical removal of ovaries to treat cancer
  • Open abdominal surgery to remove ovaries, tubes with hysterectomy with/without lymph node removal
  • Surgery to treat ectopic pregnancy with/without tube and/or ovary removal
  • and Laparoscopic surgery for ectopic pregnancy with tube and/or ovary removal.

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Ovary Removal Surgery (Oophorectomy): Find a Surgeon or Specialist

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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