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Cystectomy (Ovarian Cysts Removal)

  • What is Cystectomy?

    Cystectomy or ovarian cyst removal is a surgical procedure that is done to remove a cyst (fluid-filled sac) from your ovary or its surface. Women have 2 ovaries – each one about the size and shape of an almond, and they are located in the pelvis, one on either side of the uterus. The ovaries have 2 functions, which is to produce eggs (ova) and female hormones. Eggs (ova) that develop and mature in the ovaries are released during each monthly cycle in the childbearing years. Any ovarian follicle larger than 2cm is considered an ovarian cyst. There are often no signs or symptoms, but ovarian cysts can sometimes cause pain and bleeding. Persistent or symptomatic cysts larger than 3 – 4cm may require surgery.

    Ovarian Cystectomy

  • Ovarian cysts are very common and can affect women of any age. However, your risk of developing an ovarian cyst may increase due to:

    • Older age
    • Family history of ovarian cancer
    • Previous history of breast cancer
    • Obesity
  • You may need surgery to confirm the diagnosis of an ovarian cyst, to remove a cyst that is causing symptoms, or rule out ovarian cancer and to preserve fertility and the ovary. Cystectomy is performed when there are indicators or suspicion of malignancy (cancer).

    This procedure is often performed as a laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, but in some cases may be done by open surgery. Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgery technique that uses a few small incisions in your lower abdomen.

  • Most functional ovarian cysts go away on their own over time. If you have a functional cyst that is causing some symptoms, your doctor may use conservative management methods, such as over-the-counter medications, depending on your case.

    Your doctor may recommend an ovarian cystectomy if the cyst:

    • Doesn’t go away after several menstrual periods
    • Gets larger
    • Looks unusual on the sonogram
    • Causes pain

    Cysts can grow, twist (called torsion and can be very painful), rupture (can have lots of blood in the abdomen) or shrink and disappear. Cysts can be benign or cancerous.

    Please consult your gynaecologist for the recommended treatment based on individual medical condition. Some patients who have undergone laparoscopic cyst removal may even go home on the same day.

  • To help patients make informed decisions, Mount Elizabeth Hospitals provide price transparency through its Price Guarantee Procedures. This price guarantee ensures you know the full costs of your procedure upfront without needing to worry about hidden costs.

    We also accept bill financing from both local and international private hospitalisation insurance and MediSave-approved insurance known as Integrated Shield Plans. If you have an Integrated Shield Plan, you may not have to incur any out-of-pocket expenses for your hospital stay.

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