Every woman may have cysts in the ovaries at some time during her life. Cysts can also develop near the ovaries (paraovarian cysts). Ovarian cysts (corpus luteum or follicular cysts) often disappear on their own and do not cause any serious complications. However, some cysts have to be urgently surgically removed as they become twisted or rupture, causing severe pain or bleeding to the abdominal cavity. The physician makes a decision whether the planned surgery is needed.
How Is the Surgery Performed?
Cysts are recommended to be removed by a minimally invasive, laparoscopic, approach. During this procedure, a few tiny incisions measuring 1-2 cm are placed, and special instruments are inserted through them. Time in surgery usually takes 20-30 minutes.
What Should Be Known After Surgery?
- Sometimes patients experience pain radiating to the area under the collar bones. It usually disappears with a few days;
- The sutures are removed after 1 week;
- Normal daily activities can be resumed after a few days. The patient should avoid more strenuous physical activity for 3–4 weeks.