What is a laparoscopic ovarian cystectomy?

A laparoscopic ovarian cystectomy is the removal of a cyst from the ovary through keyhole incisions (cuts).

What does the operation involve?

The procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic through 2-3 keyhole incisions that are 0.5 to 1 cm long. In this operation the ovarian cyst is identified and peeled away from the ovary. Usually there is a normal quantity of healthy ovarian tissue left at the end of the operation so the operation should leave women fully fertile.

The cyst, once separated, is removed from the abdomen through one of the 'keyhole' incisions.

What is recovery after surgery like?

The operation is usually performed as a day-case; the patient will go home on the same day. Recovery from any surgery varies considerably between individuals. There may be some bruising of the abdominal wall which can take about a week to settle and most women get some aching and mild discomfort for 48 hours; on average women would take about 3-4 days off work and delay driving for 48-72 hours.

Further information

For more information about recovering from the operation, and what to expect on going home, read our information leaflet: Laparoscopy

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Left ovary after laproscopic cystectomy