Ovarian tumour debulking
Ovarian tumour debulking is a form of treatment for ovarian cancer. It involves removal of both ovaries, the uterus, cervix and omentum (fatty tissue overlying the bowel).
The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and may take several hours.
Occasionally, a small portion of bowel affected by the cancer may need to be removed. This may result in a temporary (and rarely a permanent) stoma. A stoma is where the bowel opens directly onto the abdominal skin and faeces are collected in a bag attached to the abdominal wall.
During the operation, a catheter is passed up the urethra into the bladder to drain off the urine. A plastic tube may be inserted into the wound to remove any slight bleeding. These tubes will be left in place for up to 72 hours.
There will be some discomfort following surgery
The average hospital stay is 14 days. The time
Following surgery, chemotherapy may be necessary.