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Laparoscopic ovarian cystectomy

Ovarian cysts can develop on one or both ovaries — if they split, they can lead to problematic symptoms

About

Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that can develop on or around your ovaries. Sometimes, these cysts can split, grow too big or block the blood supply to the ovaries. If this happens, we can carry out a laparoscopic cystectomy to remove the cyst, whilst preserving your ability to have babies.

Need to know

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    A laparoscopic ovarian cystectomy is carried out under general anaesthetic, which means you'll be asleep. Your consultant surgeon will make a few cuts in your abdomen. They'll then insert a laparoscope (a thin telescope with a light on it) through these cuts to examine your ovaries. Your consultant will then make a larger cut above your pubic line. They'll use the larger opening to remove the cyst. Samples of the cyst may be sent for analysis to check it for cancer.
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    Your consultant surgeon will explain the procedure to you during a pre-surgery screening, which will most likely take place on a date before the procedure. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. These will be explained to you. As you'll be receiving a general anaesthetic, it's likely you'll be asked to limit your food and drink intake in the hours leading up to your surgery. You may also be asked to put on special tights to prevent blood clots during the surgery.
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    You may be able to go home on the day of your procedure or one or two days after. In any case, you may need to ask someone to pick you up. You may experience abdominal pain for up to 10 days after your procedure. Your consultant surgeon or specialist nurse will make sure you go home with the right level of pain medication. They'll also explain how to care for your wounds. You'll receive a date for a follow-up appointment. If your cyst has been sent away for analysis, your consultant will give you the results during your follow-up.
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Our consultants

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

Our facilities

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

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • 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

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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

  • 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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We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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