Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs in the ovary. They are common and usually form during ovulation. Ovulation happens when the ovary releases an egg each month. Many women with ovarian cysts don’t have symptoms. The cysts are usually harmless. Ovarian cyst removal is surgery to remove one or more cysts from one or both ovaries. Open surgery uses a large abdominal incision to view the cyst and surrounding tissue. It may be done instead of a laparoscopic surgery if the cyst is large, there are many cysts, or complications happen during a laparoscopic surgery.


How is ovarian cyst removed laparoscopically?

Laparoscopy is typically performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon will inflate the abdomen with carbon dioxide gas to move the abdominal wall away from the organs to make the organs more visible. Once the abdomen is inflated, the laparoscope is inserted through small incisions made near the belly button.

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How long does it take to recover from ovarian cyst surgery?

Most women feel better within the first week following surgery; however, do not lift, push or pull any heavy objects for a few weeks. Do not resume sexual intercourse until your doctor says it is OK. Full recovery takes about four to six weeks to allow for internal healing.

How long do you stay in the hospital after ovarian cyst removal?

As with any surgery, there will be pain afterward. Most patients will be discharged to home following laparoscopic surgery, and patients who had a laparotomy procedure will stay in the hospital for two to four days.

Is cyst removal painful?

If you had a cyst excised, you'll have stitches inside and outside to minimize scarring. Patients may experience tenderness and mild pain after an excision, easily managed with at-home pain medication.