Unilateral / Bilateral Oophorectomy
An oophorectomy is the surgical removal of one or both ovaries.
Ovarian Hormones include: estrogen and progesterone & testosterone.
Most patients will continue to menstruate and could conceive naturally following unilateral or one-sided oophorectomy.
Conditions that Oophorectomy Treats:
- Ovarian cancer & precancerous risks
- Noncancerous ovarian tumors
- Ovarian cysts
- Tubo-ovarian abscesses
- Ovarian torsion & necrotic adnexa
The procedure of bilateral oophorectomy in reproductive age group leads to the sudden onset of menopause often called “surgical menopause”.
Infertility and hormonal changes associated with this procedure should be fully discussed with your physician.
- Abdominal oophorectomy -rarely performed.
- Laparoscopic Oophorectomy-most common type.
- Robotic-assisted laparoscopic Oopherectomy Procedure: same as laparoscopy with robotic assistance that requires expensive equipment
Recovery is dependent on type with laparoscopy being performed on an outpatient basis.