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The Advantages of a Laparoscopic Ovarian Cystectomy

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By Jamie Lipeles

Posted on March 1st, 2019 in Gynecology

The Advantages of a Laparoscopic Ovarian CystectomyOvarian cysts can form within the skin of the ovary usually during the monthly ovulation. It is mostly the case that these accumulations break on their own for others to form on either one of the ovaries in an interval of a few months.

Generally, they are not a reason for concern and the majority of women might not even be aware that they have one currently or have had one in the past.

Special attention should be paid to the situations in which the masses inflict pain, cause bleeding or they are constantly growing and not going away on their own.

The Symptoms of an Ovarian Cyst

An ovarian cyst is not something that can simply and without fail be diagnosed by the patient and only a consultation with your doctor would provide you with an accurate answer. There are a few symptoms that might suggest the need for a more thorough investigation from your gynecologist, such as:

  • abnormal bleeding
  • irregular menstruation
  • pain in the lower back and thighs
  • pelvic pain during intercourse
  • bloating, nausea, vomiting
  • pain during bowel movements

Empirical medical data shows that most of the ovarian cysts that are diagnosed are benign, with the risk of cancerous tumors usually appearing in the cases of post-menopausal patients. For the situations in which the cysts are benign, laparoscopy is a great choice, but recent research points out that even in the cases of older women laparoscopy would be preferred since the recovery process would be easier on their bodies, as opposed to an open surgery which would be more difficult to manage at a more mature age.

A proper medical examination would be in order to help your gynecologist come up with a diagnosis and with a plan to manage the issue. Basically, the doctor looks at the size, shape, and composition of the cyst. The cysts can be either filled with fluid or they can be solid, with the latter usually needing a further examination to rule out cancer. If cancer is ruled out, the patient can always opt for a laparoscopic ovarian cystectomy.

The Benefits of a Laparoscopic Ovarian Cystectomy

At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital we are committed to seeking out the best patient outcomes with the help of our modern techniques and equipment so that even the most challenging surgeries result in successful performances. We practice minimally invasive procedures that present the patient with advantages such as:

  • reduced surgery time
  • reduced blood loss
  • decreased risk of complications
  • less overall pain
  • reduced hospital stay
  • speedy recovery
  • minimal scarring

During an ovarian cystectomy, the surgeon aims at safely removing the cyst while preserving the ovary. The advances in medicine allow for the removal of cysts of all sizes to be done laparoscopically. Usually, there is only need for one or two small incisions, about ¼ inch in size, and one that is a bit larger, about ¾ inch. The minuscules cuts could very well be covered with a band-aid which is why the technique has been nicknamed the “band-aid surgery.” Generally, the patients have to undergo general anesthesia and they are usually able to go home the same day after the surgery is performed.

Typically, the smaller cuts are made near the belly button and also either on the far right or left side area of the bikini line while the larger one is made just above the pubic bone to extract the cyst. With the help of the laparoscope, the surgeon has visual access inside the abdomen and of the pelvis, allowing the doctor to see the ovaries, the fallopian tubes, the uterus as well as the organs in their vicinity. Tiny instruments are passed through the incisions to extract the mass without nearly as much bleeding as an open surgery would produce and, therefore, with minimal risks for aggravation.

When it comes to caring for their health, women need to become their own best supporter and surround themselves with knowledgeable and skillful allies with whom they can work together to resolve issues with their bodies, simultaneously accomplishing a bigger goal i.e. empowering themselves by unapologetically taking action and placing value on their personal well being.