Bartholin cysts are fluid-filled sacs in your Bartholin gland. These glands are in your lower vulva, the area around your vagina. They can become infected and form an abscess, or sac of pus.
Bartholin cysts can be treated in three ways:
Most women go home 1 to 6 hours after surgery. You can expect to feel better each day, but you will probably need 2 to 4 weeks to recover. Your doctor will advise you to avoid having sex for at least 2 weeks, or until your vulva is completely healed.
After one of these surgeries, your cyst and any pain in your vulva should go away. Some women need more than one of these surgeries to permanently get rid of a cyst.
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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Current as of: May 14, 2018
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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