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Laparoscopic oophorectomy is surgery to remove one, both, or part of your ovaries. Your doctor put a lighted tube (scope) and other tools through small cuts in your belly to do this.
After surgery, you may feel some pain in your belly for a few days. Your belly may also be swollen. You may have a change in your bowel movements for a few days.
You may also have shoulder pain for a day or two. This is caused by the air your doctor put in your belly to help see your organs better.
To help with pain, your doctor may prescribe medicines. You may need about 1 week to fully recover. Avoid strenuous activity and lifting anything heavy while you recover. You can ask your doctor when it's okay to have sex.
If you had both ovaries removed, you will start menopause if you haven't already. Your doctor may prescribe you hormone therapy.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if you have any problems.
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Adaptation Date: 5/16/2023
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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