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Oophorectomy (Removal of the Ovaries)

  • What is an oophorectomy?

    Oophorectomy is a surgical procedure that removes one or both of your ovaries. Your ovaries are small almond-shaped organs on each side of the uterus (womb) in your pelvis. Your ovaries contain eggs and produce the hormones that control your menstrual cycle.

    Oophorectomy can be done alone but it is often performed as part of a larger surgery, such as a hysterectomy (surgical removal of the womb). Oophorectomy may also be done with a salpingectomy, which is a surgery to remove your fallopian tubes. This is because the ovaries and fallopian tubes share a common blood supply. When these two procedures are combined, it is called a salpingo-oophorectomy.

  • Your gyneacologist might perform a oophorectomy to treat the following conditions:

    • Tubo-ovarian abscess – A pocket of pus in the fallopian tube and ovary
    • Ovarian cancer
    • Endometriosis – When tissues of the uterine lining grow on other pelvic organs
    • Benign (non-cancerous) ovarian tumours or cysts
    • Reduce the risk of ovarian cancer or breast cancer if you are at increased risk
    • Ovarian torsion - Twisting of an ovary
    • Chronic pelvic pain
    • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • At Parkway East Hospital, you can look forward to receive treatment in a warm and comforting environment. Our friendly staff and specialists are here to see you through each step of your journey towards recovery.

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