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Oophorectomy (say "oh-uh-fuh-REK-tuh-mee") is surgery to take out one or both of your ovaries. Your ovaries store and release eggs so that you can get pregnant. They also make female sex hormones.
Some women have their uterus and ovaries taken out at the same time. In some cases, the fallopian tubes are removed too.
This surgery may be done to:
The type of surgery you have depends on why you are having it done.
You may have:
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 call line 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.
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Current as of: February 11, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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