Ovarian Cyst Removal—Open Surgery


Ovarian cyst removal is surgery to remove a cyst or cysts from one or both of your ovaries. An open surgery requires an incision large enough that the doctor can see the cyst and surrounding tissue. It may be done instead of a laparoscopic surgery if the cyst is large, there are many cysts, or complications develop during a laparoscopic surgery.
Ovarian Cyst
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Reasons for Procedure

An ovarian cyst may need to be removed if it is:
  • Suspected of being cancer (the chances are lower if you are young)
  • Large—more than 2.5 inches (6.35 centimeters) in diameter
  • Solid (rather than containing just fluid)
  • Causing pain

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have an ovarian cyst removed, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Cyst returns after it is removed
  • Need for removal of one or both ovaries
  • Infertility
  • Blood clots
  • Damage to other organs
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.

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