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Bartholin's cyst excision

Surgery to remove a Bartholin's cyst may be recommended if other treatments have proved ineffective

About

Bartholin's cyst is a fluid-filled sac just inside the opening of a woman's vagina. Unless it is bothering you it is often best to leave it and use non-invasive treatments to manage it. If it is causing you pain or repeatedly getting infected your consultant may suggest surgically removing it.

Need to know

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    This operation is usually carried out under general anaesthetic, meaning you'll be asleep for the duration. During the excision, the entire gland will be removed by your consultant. This procedure is usually only considered when the cyst has become infected on several occasions. As a result of the excision, your gland will no longer work. This means that your body will produce less mucous. The procedure usually takes around one hour to complete.
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    Your consultant will let you know how best to prepare for this procedure.
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    You should avoid driving and physical exertion for up to 48 hours after the general anaesthetic. Depending on the rate of your recovery you may need to stay in hospital for two or three nights. The risks of this type of surgery can include bleeding, bruising and infection of the wound. If your wound does become infected it can usually be treated with antibiotics. To help your wound heal and reduce the risk of infection after surgery you may be advised to avoid having sex and using tampons for up to four weeks.
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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

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