Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
Your doctor may do the following:
Review of medicines
—a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of organs
—a test that uses sound waves to examine the abdomen
(ECG, EKG)—a test that records the heart's activity by measuring electrical currents through the heart muscle
Talk to your doctor about what action should be taken if cancer is found during surgery. One option is to remove the ovary.
Leading up to the surgery:
Talk to your doctor about your medicines. You may be asked to stop taking some medicines up to one week before the procedure, like:
or other anti-inflammatory drugs
Blood thinners, such as
Arrange for a ride to and from the hospital. Also, arrange for someone to help you at home.
Do not eat or drink for at least eight hours before the surgery.
—blocks pain and keeps you asleep through the surgery; given through an IV in your hand or arm
Local anesthesia—just the area that is being operated on is numbed; given as an injection and may also be given with a sedative
Description of the Procedure
The doctor will make a small incision just below the navel. Next, the doctor will insert a laparoscope. This is a thin tube with a camera on the end. To allow the doctor to better view the organs, carbon dioxide gas will be pumped into the abdomen. The laparoscope will be used to locate the cyst. Once found, the doctor will make one or two more incisions. Surgical tools will be inserted to remove the cyst. The doctor may remove tissue for testing. If cancer is found, both ovaries may need to be removed. Once the cyst is removed, the doctor will remove the tools. The incision area will be closed with stitches or staples.
In some cases, the doctor may switch to an
open surgery. He will make a large incision in the abdomen to do the surgery.
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