This surgery involves removing a woman's ovaries and fallopian tubes through several small incisions or one larger incision in the lower abdomen.
The normal female reproductive system has two ovaries, two fallopian tubes and a uterus (womb).
Removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes can be done through several small incisions in the abdomen or one larger incision in the lower abdomen. The ovaries and fallopian tubes may also be removed during a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus). A hysterectomy can be performed through an incision in the lower abdomen along the bikini line (straight across or horizontal) or an incision in the area of the belly button (straight down or vertical). It some cases it can be performed using small medical instruments and a camera inserted into three or four small cuts in the abdomen (laparoscopically). The type of incision is based on the reason for the surgery, previous surgeries and patient preference.
The ovaries and fallopian tubes are removed either through an incision in the lower abdomen or through three or four small incisions in the abdomen (laparoscopically). Your healthcare provider may recommend they be removed during a hysterectomy if you have cancer of the ovaries, uterus or cervix. It may also be recommended if you have a family history of related cancers.
Prior to surgery, tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking (including over-the-counter medications and supplements). Ask about specific instructions you should follow before surgery. These may include:
If you are a smoker, you should quit smoking. Smoking can interfere with your recovery.
During your surgery, you will receive anesthesia to keep you comfortable and pain free.
The time it takes to remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes depends on what other procedures are being done at the same time. The length of time you spend in the hospital will also depend on what procedures were performed and the reason for those procedures. If the surgery is related to cancer, you may need to spend a longer time in the hospital after the surgery.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having my ovaries and fallopian tubes removed?
After your surgery, your healthcare provider should provide:
You should also understand all home care instructions (including medications and side effects) and follow-up plans. Your gynecologist should also let your primary care physician know the details of your surgery and treatment plan.
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