If you have an ovarian growth or cyst that’s causing uncomfortable symptoms or is in danger of rupturing, you need to have it removed with an ovarian cystectomy. This procedure excises the cyst but leaves the ovary intact. At the East Cobb office in Marietta, Johns Creek office in Duluth, and Northside and Midtown offices in Atlanta, Georgia, the team of expert OB/GYNs at North Atlanta Women's Specialists perform this minimally invasive procedure to alleviate pain or another discomfort. To learn more about ovarian cystectomy, call your nearest location or schedule a consultation online.
An ovarian cystectomy is a surgery that removes a cyst from one or both of your ovaries. The ovaries are the two almond-shaped organs on either side of your uterus. They are responsible for the development and release of your egg every month. Removing just the cyst, rather than the entire ovary, preserves your fertility.
The providers at North Atlanta Women’s Specialists are skilled at using minimally invasive techniques to perform ovarian cystectomies. The laparoscopic method requires just a few small incisions in your lower abdomen.
The minimally invasive approach means less scarring, faster recovery, and less blood loss.
Ovarian cysts are relatively common but often cause no symptoms and go away on their own. However, if you have a cyst that’s causing you pelvic pain, especially during your period or sexual intercourse, your doctor may recommend removal.
They may also recommend removal if they suspect the cyst to be cancerous, or is especially large, or solid – rather than just containing fluid.
An ovarian cystectomy occurs at the hospital while you’re under general anesthesia. Your doctor inserts a small, thin tube affixed with a camera into your abdomen through a small incision, usually placed at your navel.
They pump air into your abdomen to create more space between the abdominal wall and your organs. Then your doctor inserts small instruments through other tiny incisions to remove the cyst.
You may have some soreness, bruising, and light swelling following the procedure. It’s normal to spot a little after the procedure or have a vaginal discharge. Because of the gas placed in your abdomen, you may find your shoulders and back hurt.
All of these symptoms subside on their own within a few days. You may feel a little fatigued for about a week after the procedure. North Atlanta Women’s Specialists recommends you take it easy and gradually up your activity level over time as your incisions heal.
To learn more about ovarian cystectomy, call North Atlanta Women’s Specialists, or schedule an appointment online.