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Oophorectomy is a surgical procedure for removing one or both the ovaries. Ovaries are an important reproductive organ that stores and releases eggs responsible for fertilization and produces hormones that control menstrual periods.
Oophorectomy is generally done in conjunction with other uterus removal surgery (hysterectomy). Oophorectomy is commonly called Ovary Removal Surgery.
The procedure is recommended by the doctor in case of
To prepare for the surgery, the doctor may suggest
Oophorectomy is performed under general anesthesia, and generally takes about 1 to 2 hours. Depending on the expected complexity, the doctor will either choose open or laparoscopic surgery.
During the surgery:
In most cases, the patients are able to go back home in 1 to 2 days after the surgery. Complete recovery takes around 4 to 6 weeks.
After the surgery, the doctor will recommend to refrain from doing any strenuous physical tasks including sexual activites.
If both the ovaries are removed but the uterus is not, then in most cases the patient can get pregnant through In Vitro Fertilization technique.
In rare cases, Oophorectomy may cause
If both the ovaries are removed, the patient may experience premature menopause leading to side effects like:
These side effects can be reduced or prevented by hormone replacement drugs.