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Ovarian Cyst removal

Ovarian Cyst removal is a procedure where the cyst in the ovary is removed surgically. The main reasons for performing a cyst removal are as follows:

  • The cyst is suspected of being cancerous
  • The cyst is large (typically over 2.5 inches in diameter)
  • The cyst is solid rather than one containing fluid
  • The cyst is causing pain


Possible Complications of Cyst Removal

Complications in cyst removal are rare. However, no surgery is free of risk. The following are some of the complications that can occur during or because of the Procedure:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Return of the cyst post surgery
  • Requirement of removal of one or both ovaries
  • Blood clots
  • Infertility
  • Damage to other organs


Factors that can increase the risk of complications:

• Drinking
• Smoking
• Chronic diabetes or obesity
• Use of certain prescription medications
• Pregnancy
• Prior abdominal surgery



The anaesthesia involved in the procedure can be general or local depending on the patient’s condition. A small incision is initially made below the naval and a laparoscope is inserted. As in any laparoscopic procedure, carbon dioxide is pumped into the abdomen. The laparoscope is used to locate the cyst and when it is found, one or two more incisions can be made in order to insert surgical instruments to remove the cyst. The procedure can also help in removing tissues for testing. If cancer is found, it is advisable to remove both the ovaries. There are cases when the doctor has to switch to an open surgery. It depends on the amount of complications that might arise during the procedure.

Ovarian Cysts

After evaluation with ultrasound scan and tumour markers. Laparoscopy is undertaken. It is a day care procedure under general anaesthesia. 3 put entry is made. Ovaries are identified and Cyst wall teased out and sent for histopathology. The patient is discharged home same day. She can return to work within 2-3 days.

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