Oophorectomy is the removal of one or both ovaries. This may be combined with removing the fallopian tubes (salpingo-oophorectomy). Removal of the ovaries and/or fallopian tubes is often done as part of a complete or total hysterectomy .
Call Your Doctor
After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Persistent or increased vaginal bleeding or discharge
- Pain that you cannot control with the medications you have been given
- Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medications you were given after surgery, or which last for more than two days after discharge from the hospital
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision sites
- Difficulty urinating
- Swelling, redness, or pain in your leg
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- Feeling depressed
In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.
Oophorectomy is the removal of one or both ovaries.
This may be combined with removing the fallopian tubes (salpingo-oophorectomy). Removal of the ovaries and/or fallopian tubes is often done as part of a complete or total
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What to Expect
Reasons for Procedure
An oophorectomy may be done to:
- Treat cancer
Remove a large
- Treat chronic pelvic pain
pelvic inflammatory disease
Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have an oophorectomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications. These include:
- Changes in sex drive
Hot flashes and other symptoms of
if both ovaries are removed
and other forms of psychological distress
- Reaction to anesthesia
Blood clots, particularly in the
veins of the legs
- Damage to other organs
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Previous pelvic surgery or serious infection
Be sure to discuss the risks with your doctor before the surgery.