Symptoms of Ovarian Cyst
Fortunately, most ovarian cysts are harmless and do not even cause any symptoms. A majority of these cysts will simply go away on their own. Ovarian cysts that do not go way on their own, however, may require treatment. Long-lasting symptoms indicating a persistent ovarian cyst may include:
- Dull or sharp pelvic pain on the side of the ovarian cyst
- Chronic feelings of pain or fullness in your abdomen
- Pain induced vomiting
- Pain induced fever
- Severe pelvic or abdominal pain
Ovarian Cyst Treatments Options
Our Cleveland Ob/Gyn may treat an ovarian cyst in three different ways. The doctor may take a wait-and-see approach, recommending the patient to come back in two or three months for a follow-up exam. This is particularly common if the doctor has determined you have a fluid-filled cyst.
Alternatively, the gynecologist may prescribe birth control pills or other hormonal supplements to prevent future ovarian cysts from forming. Unfortunately, this does not remove any existing cysts, but it helps prevent them from forming.
Surgery is a last resort option for cyst removal. If a cyst is large, growing, not showing signs of leaving after a few menstrual cycles, or causing severe pain, surgery may be the best option. Should a cyst be cancerous, our compassionate team could determine a patient’s best options.
Laparoscopic Ovarian Cystectomy
A laparoscopic ovarian cystectomy is a minimally invasive surgery that is used to remove a cyst in the ovary. Cysts are fairly common, and most are harmless. Some cysts, however, can cause pelvic pain or be cancerous. In such situations, your gynecologist may recommend that the cyst be removed.
A laparoscopic ovarian cystectomy in Cleveland is readily available if your gynecologist determines you should have your cyst removed. Our caring medical team in Lyndhurst and Westlake could discuss what this minimally invasive surgical procedure entails and its recovery process.
Laparoscopic Ovarian Cystectomy vs. Traditional Surgery
During a traditional ovarian cystectomy procedure, the surgeon makes a long incision on the lower abdomen to reach any cysts on the ovaries. Laparoscopic ovarian cystectomies help patients in Cleveland avoid large incisions entirely. Instead, the surgeon creates a few tiny incisions across the abdomen the size of a keyhole. The surgeon inserts a micro-camera through one of the incisions to get a view of the cysts. Tools for removing the cysts are then inserted through other incisions. The surgery is completed externally by the surgeon, guided by the camera. The cysts are then removed through one of the small incisions.
What to Expect After a Laparoscopic Ovarian Cystectomy
Due to its minimally invasive nature, recovery time from laparoscopic ovarian cystectomy is typically shorter than many other major surgeries in Cleveland. In some cases, patients may need to spend one night in the hospital so healthcare staff can monitor their ability to urinate, blood pressure, and ability to move without pain. Also, general anesthesia may cause fatigue and sleepiness in some patients for up to 24 hours.
Unlike conventional surgeries, laparoscopic ovarian cystectomies do not leave much in the way of scarring. Patients typically leave the hospital with one to five minute scars. These will be stitched, glued, or stapled and dressed often with dissolvable materials. The dressing can be removed after 24 hours.
Some pain in the abdomen may be present but should be minor and short-lived. Painkillers may be prescribed to alleviate discomfort.
Some patients experience minor bleeding from their vagina 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. Patients may also experience petty shoulder pain as well, which is typical after many types of surgery.
Recovery and Results
Within a week or two after the surgery patients should feel almost fully functional again. However, there are several things to keep in mind to ensure recovery is as smooth as possible, and to avoid accidental injury of the surgical area before it is completely recovered.
Women in Cleveland who have received a laparoscopic ovarian cystectomy may not experience a regular menstrual cycle for up to six weeks after the procedure. They should refrain from having sexual intercourse until a gynecologist or healthcare provider affirms full recovery. Patients in Lyndhurst and Westlake should take it easy and avoid physical activity for a week after surgery. Most patients are able to return to office work full-time within three or four weeks. However, women should avoid physical labor for a longer period.
Scheduling a Laparoscopic Ovarian Cystectomy
Laparoscopic ovarian cystectomies in Cleveland are standard procedures. Now you know how the surgery works, how minimally invasive it is, and how quickly you can recover from the procedure. If your healthcare provider or gynecologist recommends the procedure, speak with them about scheduling your appointment today.