Ovarian Cystectomy Overview
An ovarian cystectomy, an ovarian cyst surgery, is performed by a Women’s Specialists of Plano physician during either a laparoscopy or a laparotomy. A laparoscopy involves a smaller incision, but a laparotomy is more often used when there are concerns of cancer, as the larger incision provides a better view of the abdominal and pelvic organs. The overall goal of surgery is to remove the cyst causing troublesome symptoms in women living in the communities of Plano, Frisco and Dallas, Texas.
During either of the surgeries, which are performed under general anesthesia, the doctor may remove ovarian cysts that are causing problems (ovarian cystectomy). These excisions are usually performed if:
- The ovarian growths are present on both ovaries
- The cyst is larger than three inches in diameter
- A cyst under surveillance doesn’t shrink or dissolve within two to three months
- An ultrasound suggests that the cyst is not merely a functional cyst, and will not dissolve on its own
Although the cysts can be removed, there is no guarantee that a new one will not form on the same ovary, or even on the opposite one. Only the removal of the ovaries (oophorectomy) can fully prevent the growth of any new ovarian cysts. If the cyst is cancerous, the doctor may recommend an oophorectomy, or even a complete hysterectomy, in which the ovaries are removed, along with the fallopian tubes and uterus.
If you live in the Plano, Frisco and Dallas, Texas area and would like more resources on an ovarian cyst surgery, or would like to know if you are a candidate for an ovarian cystectomy, please contact the office of Women’s Specialists of Plano.