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An ovarian cystectomy can be carried out through two different types of surgery.

What is ovarian cystectomy?

A cyst is a fluid-filled sac that can develop in any area of the body. Ovarian cysts can develop in or around your ovaries. Quite often they are benign (non-cancerous) and cause no symptoms. Left untreated they often disappear on their own. However, if the cyst is large or continues to cause symptoms your consultant may recommend an ovarian cystectomy. Your surgical procedure will depend on the size and nature of your ovarian cyst.

What happens during ovarian cystectomy surgery?

An ovarian cystectomy is usually done under general anaesthetic. The length of time and the specific procedure will be determined by the type and size of your ovarian cyst. Two types of surgery are used:

Laparoscopic surgery - your surgeon will make several small incisions (cuts) in your abdomen.

Laparotomy - if there is a possibility that the cyst is large, your surgeon may need to use a more invasive procedure. They will access the cyst through an incision (cut) in your abdomen.

Recovery from ovarian cystectomy surgery

Your length of hospital stay will depend on the type of surgery performed and your recovery.

Why choose Nuffield Health St Bartholomew's Hospital for your ovarian cystectomy

At Nuffield Health St Bartholomew's Hospital, our experienced gynaecologists provide you with quick access to treatment with a treatment plan which is personalised to you.

How to book a consultation with our experts at St Bartholomew's Hospital

Booking a consultation to see one of our gynaecologists at St Bartholomew's Hospital is easy. Simply call our dedicated hospital enquiry team on 020 3386 9006 and they will book you a consultation at a time and date convenient for you.

Alternatively, if you are unsure about the consultation process or ovarian cystectomy, our enquiry team will be more than happy to answer your questions.

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