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Ovarian Cyst Removal—Laparoscopic Surgery
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Ovarian Cyst Removal—Laparoscopic Surgery?

This is surgery to remove a cyst on an ovary .

Ovarian Cyst
Ovarian Cyst
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An ovarian cyst may need to be removed if it is:

  • Suspected of being cancerous (the chances are lower if you are young)
  • Large (more than 2.5 inches 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:

  • Obesity
  • Chronic or recent illness
  • Heavy use of alcohol , smoking , or use of narcotics (may make delivering anesthesia more difficult or impair wound healing)
  • Use of certain prescription medicines
  • Pregnancy
  • Previous abdominal surgery

Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.