Ovarian cystectomy is performed to remove
The operation is carried out under a general anaesthetic
and takes about 40-60 minutes.
The procedure is commonly performed laparoscopically,
using a small, fibre-optic 'telescope' which is inserted
the abdomen through a small incision. Occasionally a
conventional operation (laparotomy) is used.
The cyst is carefully cut away from the ovary and
laboratory testing. The ovary is then stitched and returned
to its normal size and shape. The Fallopian tubes are
There will be some discomfort following surgery
be controlled with pain killers.
The ovarian hormone levels are unchanged and fertility
should be unaffected.
The average hospital stay is 5-7 days and complete
recovery usually occurs within 6 weeks. If the operation
has been performed using 'key-hole' surgery
(laparoscopy), the recovery time will be shorter.