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Oophorectomy (say "oh-uh-fuh-REK-tuh-mee") is surgery to remove one or both of your ovaries. Your ovaries store and release eggs so that you can get pregnant. Ovaries also produce female sex hormones.
Your oophorectomy will be laparoscopic surgery, which requires only small cuts (incisions). To do this type of surgery, a doctor puts a lighted tube, or scope, and other surgical tools through small cuts in your belly. The doctor is able to see your ovaries with the scope. Sometimes the doctor needs to make a larger incision if it's too hard to work through the scope.
The incisions leave scars that fade with time. After your surgery, you are likely to have pain for the next several days.
If both of your ovaries are removed, you can no longer get pregnant. Removing both ovaries also makes you start menopause if you haven't started it already.
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.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Adaptation Date: 8/18/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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