Ovary Removal

What is Ovary Removal Surgery?

Ovary removal surgery also known as oophorectomy is the surgical removal of one or both ovaries in women. Ovary removal surgery can be performed separately or combined with other procedures.

Types of Ovary Removal Surgeries

  • Unilateral oophorectomy:  removal of one ovary
  • Bilateral oophorectomy: removal of both ovaries
  • Prophylactic oophorectomy: removal of the ovaries to prevent ovarian and/or breast cancer in high-risk individuals including women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations.
  • Salpingo-oophorectomy: removal of ovaries and fallopian tubes

Why is this Procedure Done?

This procedure may be performed for women with ovarian cancer, endometriosis, ovarian tumors and women with a high-risk of developing ovarian and/or breast cancer.

Risks and Complications

Ovary removal is a fairly safe procedure; however some of the most common complications are as follows:

  • Internal bleeding/blood clots
  • Post-surgery infection
  • Damage to other organs
  • Tumor rupture
  • Ovarian remnant syndrome

Risks for Premenopausal Women

Along with the above risks, pre-menopausal women can also experience the following:

  • Menopause symptoms: hot flashes, vaginal dryness, decreased sex drive
  • Depression
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoporosis

For more information on ovary removal surgery or to schedule an appointment, call Christian Hospital at 877.747.9355 or email us.