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An oophorectomy is an operation to remove one or both ovaries
Ovaries are glands that are part of the female reproductive system. They make female sex hormones like oestrogen and progesterone that help regulate your periods and protect against bone and heart disease. Your ovaries also produce and store eggs.
An oophorectomy is normally performed to treat or prevent diseases of the female reproductive system. The procedure may involve removing one or both ovaries as well as other parts of your reproductive system such as your fallopian tubes, uterus (womb), and cervix.
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This page explains what an oophorectomy is, why you may need one, and what to expect before, during, and after your procedure.
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An oophorectomy may be performed for a number of reasons including:
Your consultant will ask you about your general health, any other medical conditions, or allergies you have, and any medications you are taking. They will ask you about your symptoms and perform a physical examination.
Before your surgery, your consultant will order some tests or scans to confirm your diagnosis and check that you are fit for surgery. These may include:
At Circle Health Group, your first consultation is where we get to know you, discuss your surgery and expectations for treatment, and encourage you to ask any questions you may have. It is important to us that you are as well-informed and comfortable as possible before, during, and after your surgery, so please ask your consultant any questions you may have.
Depending on the type of surgery you have, you may not be able to get pregnant naturally after your oophorectomy. Some types of oophorectomy can put you into immediate menopause.
If you are planning to have children in the future, discuss this with your consultant before your procedure. Depending on your surgery, there may be options such as freezing your eggs, or in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) to allow you to have children after your oophorectomy. Ask your consultant to refer you to a fertility specialist to discuss your options for having children after your surgery.
Early menopause can increase your risk of certain health conditions like heart disease and osteoporosis (brittle bones), as well as cause unpleasant symptoms like hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and low sex drive. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help to reduce menopause symptoms and decrease the risk of disease. Talk to your consultant about the risks and benefits of taking HRT after your oophorectomy.
Before your surgery, your consultant will explain the procedure to you and give you any instructions you may need to prepare for your surgery.
If you have any questions or are not sure about anything, please ask your consultant to clarify. The better prepared you are for your operation, the better your recovery is likely to be. Being well-informed about the procedure will also help put you at ease and reduce any anxiety you may have about your operation.
Before your surgery:
There are several different types of oophorectomy:
An oophorectomy is normally performed under general anaesthetic, which means you will be asleep for the procedure.
Depending on the type of surgery you have, the operation normally takes between one and four hours.
An oophorectomy can be performed in one of three ways:
Your consultant will decide which surgical approach is best for you based on your individual case, general health, and preferences.
It's important to follow your consultant's instructions carefully during your recovery period and to go at your own pace. Pushing yourself to do too much before you are ready can lead to complications and delay your recovery. Your consultant will be able to give you an estimated timeline for your recovery after your surgery.
After your surgery:
If you had a laparoscopic or vaginal procedure you will probably need to spend one or two nights in hospital. If you had open surgery (laparotomy), you will need to stay longer, usually up to three nights.
After your surgery you will not be able to drive yourself home from hospital, so make arrangements for someone to come and collect you.
When you can go back to work after your oophorectomy depends on several factors including the type of surgery you had, your recovery, and the type of job you do. You can expect to take between four and six weeks off work after your surgery. Talk to your consultant about when you can expect to return to work based on your personal circumstances.
When you can drive after your operation depends on the type of surgery you had and your recovery. You should not drive until you are no longer taking pain medication and can do an emergency stop comfortably. This is usually between four and six weeks after your surgery. Talk to your consultant about when you can expect to drive after surgery.
Everyone's recovery from oophorectomy is different and depends on many factors such as your age, general health, the type of procedure you had, and whether there were any complications during your surgery. On average you can expect to be fully recovered between three and six weeks after your surgery.
All surgery carries a small risk of complications. Your consultant will discuss all the possible risks and complications with you and address any concerns or questions you may have, allowing you to make an informed decision.
General risks of surgery include:
Possible risks and complications of oophorectomy include:
Call your consultant immediately if you experience:
If both your ovaries were removed, you will immediately be in menopause after your surgery. Many women take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help with symptoms of menopause after their oophorectomy. Talk to your consultant about HRT before your surgery.
How long it takes to recuperate after a laparoscopic oophorectomy varies from person to person, but on average recovery takes around one to two weeks. Laparoscopic surgery is less invasive than open surgery and the recovery time is usually a lot faster.
Symptoms of menopause start immediately after a bilateral oophorectomy and can last for several months. In natural menopause, your body`s hormone levels decline gradually, a period known as perimenopause that lasts for several years. Menopause as a result of surgery, known as surgical menopause, is immediate and symptoms can be more severe than with natural menopause.
If you had both ovaries removed (bilateral oophorectomy) you will be in menopause immediately after your surgery.
If you choose to take HRT after your oophorectomy, you will probably start taking it right away. Talk to your consultant about starting HRT after your oophorectomy.
Though very rare, it is possible to get ovarian cancer after an oophorectomy. This may be caused by a condition called ovarian remnant syndrome, where microscopic pieces of ovarian tissue are left behind after surgery. This tissue can regrow and may develop into cancer. This may occur years after your oophorectomy.
How long a hysterectomy and oophorectomy takes depends on whether you are having laparoscopic, vaginal, or open surgery. On average the operation takes between one and four hours.
An oophorectomy is considered major surgery as it involves a general anaesthetic, a hospital stay, and the removal of one or more organs. Laparoscopic or vaginal surgery is less invasive and has a shorter recovery time than a laparotomy (open abdominal procedure).
If you still have one functioning ovary and fallopian tube after your surgery, you will continue to have periods as normal. If you had both ovaries removed, you will not have periods after your surgery.
PCOS is a condition caused by increased levels of hormones called androgens in the blood. These hormones are made in the ovaries. An oophorectomy may decrease the levels of androgens in your blood, but it does not cure PCOS and isn't usually recommended as a treatment for the condition.
Having an oophorectomy and entering surgical menopause can have a long-term impact on your health and may even shorten your lifespan. Menopause increases your risk of health conditions like heart disease, heart attack, and osteoporosis. Taking HRT after your oophorectomy can help protect against these conditions. Talk to your consultant about the long-term effects of having an oophorectomy and the risks and benefits of taking HRT after your surgery.
If you still have a functioning ovary, fallopian tube, and uterus (womb) you can still get pregnant naturally after your oophorectomy. If you had both ovaries removed or a hysterectomy (removal of the womb) you will not be able to get pregnant and may need to look at other options like IVF, adoption, or surrogacy if you want to have children.
You may experience some vaginal bleeding for up to six weeks after your surgery. The bleeding may be red, pink, or brown and should get lighter as time goes on.
Seek medical attention if:
How soon after your oophorectomy you can have sex depends on the type of surgery you had, and which organs were removed during your operation. Talk to your consultant about when you can have sex after your oophorectomy.
If you would like to see a consultant or learn more about private oophorectomy treatment, book your appointment online today or call a member of our team directly on 0141 300 5009.