Prior to Surgery
- You may be asked to stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), Clopidogrel (Plavix), warfarin (Coumadin), and other blood thinners.
- Ask your doctor which drugs you should still take on the day of the surgery.
- Discuss any possible bleeding disorders or other medical conditions that you may have.
- You will have blood samples taken in case you need a blood transfusion.
- Do not smoke. This will help you to recover quicker.
- You will usually be asked not to drink or eat anything after midnight the night before the surgery.
Description of the Procedure
A small incision will be made just below the navel, where it will be less noticeable. Next, a laparoscope will be inserted. The laparoscope will be used to locate the cyst. When it is found, one or two more incisions will be made. Surgical instruments will be inserted to remove the cyst. Tissue may be removed for testing. If cancer is found, both ovaries may need to be removed. After the cyst is removed, the instruments will be removed. The incision area will be closed with stitches or staples. A general anesthetic is used.
- Most patients can go home the same day. In some cases, an overnight stay may be required.
- Expect some soreness around the surgical site during the first 24 to 48 hours following surgery.
- Walking is encouraged, based on your energy level.
- Most women feel better within the first week following surgery; however, do not lift, push or pull any heavy objects for a few weeks.
- Do not resume sexual intercourse until your doctor says it is OK.