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Ovarian Cyst FAQs

Following are the common questions about Ovarian Cyst:

  1. What is an ovarian cyst?
  2. What are the different types of ovarian cysts?
  3. Who treats the ovarian cyst?
  4. What is ovarian cystectomy?
  5. What is the need for ovarian cystectomy?
  6. Which common tests are done before ovarian cyst removal surgery?
  7. What happens during ovarian cyst removal surgery?
  8. How much time does ovarian cyst removal surgery take to complete?
  9. Do I need to stay in the hospital after ovarian cyst surgery?
  10. What is the recovery time after ovarian cyst removal surgery?
  11. What is the average cost of ovarian cyst removal surgery?
  12. Which factors affect the cost of ovarian cyst removal surgery?
  13. What are the different types of surgery to treat ovarian cysts?
  14. What are the benefits of choosing laparoscopic surgery for ovarian cyst treatment?
  15. How to choose the best doctor for ovarian cyst removal surgery?
  16. How to choose the best hospital for ovarian cyst removal surgery?
  17. What are the possible complications of ovarian cyst removal surgery?

Q. What is an ovarian cyst?

A. The ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac or pocket that develops on the ovaries. Most ovarian cysts are non-cancerous (benign), but some are cancerous (malignant) or may become cancerous over time.

In some of the cases, you may not experience the symptoms of ovarian cysts or even need medical treatment as they go away on their own. However, some ovarian cysts need surgical treatment.

Q. What are the different types of ovarian cysts?

A. The following are the different types of ovarian cysts:-

  • Follicle cyst
  • Corpus luteum cyst
  • Dermoid cyst
  • Endometriomas cyst
  • Cystadenomas cyst
  • Hemorrhagic cyst

Q. Who treats the ovarian cyst?

A. An obstetrician-gynecologist is a medical practitioner specializing in diagnosing and treating ovarian cysts. If you are suffering from an ovarian cyst and looking to get the best treatment, you should consult an OB-GYN.

Q. What is ovarian cystectomy?

A. Ovarian cystectomy is a surgical procedure used to remove the cysts from the ovary. This surgery is done in two ways known as open cystectomy and laparoscopic cystectomy. However, laparoscopic cystectomy is considered the most advanced technique.

Q. What is the need for ovarian cystectomy?

A. Ovarian cystectomy is done to treat the following conditions:-

  • Extreme pelvic pain, fever, and chills
  • Abdominal infections
  • Risk of ovarian torsion
  • Infertility issues

Q. Which common tests are done before ovarian cyst removal surgery?

A. An obstetrician-gynecologist recommends specific tests before starting the treatment of ovarian cyst. The common tests done befoe ovarian cyst removal surgery include the following:-

  • Ultrasound
  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • Pregnancy test
  • Hormone level test
  • CA-125 blood test

Q. What happens during ovarian cyst removal surgery?

A. Ovarian cyst removal surgery is done in two ways - laparoscopic surgery and open surgery. Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgery that involves the following steps:-

  • The surgeon makes a small incision in the abdomen and inserts a laparoscope medical instrument.
  • Then, the surgeon makes another incision and inserts another medical device to perform the surgery.
  • After that, the surgeon removes the cysts from the ovary, takes out the laparoscope and other instruments. And closes the incisions with small sutures.
  • Then the surgeon applies the dressing and advises the patient to keep the incisions clean, dry, and intact.
  • However, in case of large cysts or if cysts are suspected to be cancerous, the surgeon may recommend laparotomy surgery.

Q. How much time does ovarian cyst removal surgery take to complete?

A. Usually, ovarian cyst removal surgery takes around 1-3 hours. However, the duration may be shorter or longer depending on several factors such as:-

  • Type of ovarian cysts
  • Size and number of ovarian cysts
  • Type of surgical procedure used
  • Experience and skills of the surgeon

Q. Do I need to stay in the hospital after ovarian cyst surgery?

A. Ovarian cyst removal surgery is major surgery. So you may need to stay at the hospital overnight. However, looking at your overall general health, type, number, and size of the cysts, and surgical procedure, the surgeon, may increase or reduce the hospital stay.

Q. What is the recovery time after ovarian cyst removal surgery?

A. You can resume your daily activity within the first week of your surgery. But you must avoid strenuous activities for the first 2-3 weeks or as advised by your doctor.

After ovarian cyst removal surgery, complete recovery may take 4-6 weeks. The duration of recovery may vary from case to case depending on the following factors:-

  • Type of ovarian cyst
  • Size and numbers of ovarian cysts
  • Type of surgery used to remove the cysts
  • Experienced and specialty of the surgeon
  • Your overall general health

Q. What is the average cost of ovarian cyst removal surgery?

A. The average cost of ovarian cyst removal surgery ranges between Rs. 20,000-60,000. However, it's not the fixed or final price. The cost of ovarian cyst surgery may vary from case to case.

Q. Which factors affect the cost of ovarian cyst removal surgery?

A. Many factors affect the overall cost of ovarian cyst removal surgery. However, the following are the primary factors that affect the final price:-

  • Type of ovarian cyst
  • Number and size of ovarian cyst
  • Charges of diagnostic tests done before the surgery
  • The fee of the obstetrician-gynecologist
  • Type of surgery used to treat the condition
  • Hospitalization post-procedure
  • Postoperative medications
  • Follow-up meetings with the doctor

Many other factors, such as insurance coverage, mode of payments, etc, can also reduce or increase the cost.

Q. What are the different types of surgery to treat ovarian cysts?

A. There are two types of surgical procedures to treat ovarian cyst that is known as:-

  • Open surgery
  • Laparoscopic surgery

Q. What are the benefits of choosing laparoscopic surgery for ovarian cyst treatment?

A.

  • It involves small incisions
  • It inflicts minimal bleeding and pain
  • It involves no stitches
  • The risk of wounds or scars is low
  • Almost no chance of recurrence
  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Quicker and comfortable recovery

Q. How to choose the best doctor for ovarian cyst removal surgery?

A. While choosing a doctor for ovarian cyst removal surgery, you should keep the following points in mind as they can help you select the best obstetrician-gynecologist for your treatment:-

  • What is the qualification of the obstetrician-gynecologist?
  • Which doctor is getting good reviews?
  • Which doctor is part of your health insurance plan?
  • Do you feel comfortable while visiting the doctor?
  • What clinic/hospital does the doctor use?
  • What kinds of extra access you may get at the hospital your chosen doctor treats ovarian cysts?
  • Can this obstetrician-gynecologist meet all your needs?
  • Can you share your personal information with the doctor?
  • Can you get privacy and confidentiality during your treatment?

By keeping all the checklists mentioned above in mind, you can get the best doctor and undergo the safest ovarian cyst removal surgery.

Q. How to choose the best hospital for ovarian cyst removal surgery?

A. You should keep the below-mentioned things in mind before finalizing a hospital to undergo the treatment process for an ovarian cyst, as they can prove to be very practical and helpful.

  • Location and track record of the hospital in ovarian cyst treatment
  • Experience, reliability, and skills of the doctor who performs hysterectomy
  • The type of surgical procedure used to treat the ovarian cyst
  • The overall cost of the entire treatment process

With the help of these points, you can successfully choose the best hospital for the treatment of ovarian cysts.

Q. What are the possible complications of ovarian cyst removal surgery?

A. The following are the possible complications of ovarian cyst removal surgery:-

  • Damage to the bowel or bladder
  • The ovarian cyst may recur
  • The pain after surgery may not subside
  • Infections
  • Scar tissue may form at the surgical site, ovaries, fallopian tubes, or pelvis.

If you experience any of these symptoms post your ovarian cyst removal surgery, contact your doctor immediately and discuss it to avoid further complications.