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Laparoscopic Excision of Ovarian Cysts
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
- If you have a cyst on your ovary, then you may need laparoscopic excision surgery to remove it. Your ovaries are two small organs on either side of your uterus (where a baby grows inside you). A cyst is a sac that usually contains fluid, but can also have blood or tissue in it. Most ovarian cysts form during or after ovulation (when your ovaries produce an egg). The egg is either fertilized by a man's sperm or becomes your monthly period. Your ovaries may have one or more cysts. Cysts may be harmless, have no symptoms, and go away without treatment. Some cysts cause symptoms such as bleeding from your vagina and abdominal (stomach) pain.
- You may need laparoscopic surgery if your cyst does not go away or causes health problems. You may also need it if your cyst is large or looks like it will burst open. Laparoscopic excision surgery may also help your caregiver diagnose what caused your cyst. During surgery, your caregiver will use a laparoscope to see and remove your cyst. A laparoscope is a metal tube with a light and camera on its end. Sometimes, your whole ovary may be removed along with your ovarian cyst. If your have laparoscopy to remove your cyst, then you may have less pain and bleed less. If you have cancer, laparoscopy may remove some or all of it. Removing you cyst may also decrease your risk of getting a serious infection.
Take your medicine as directed:
Call your primary healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
- Antibiotics: This medicine is given to fight or prevent an infection caused by bacteria. Always take your antibiotics exactly as ordered by your primary healthcare provider. Do not stop taking your medicine unless directed by your primary healthcare provider. Never save antibiotics or take leftover antibiotics that were given to you for another illness.
- Pain medicine: You may need medicine to take away or decrease pain.
- Learn how to take your medicine. Ask what medicine and how much you should take. Be sure you know how, when, and how often to take it.
- Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine. Tell caregivers if your pain does not decrease.
- Pain medicine can make you dizzy or sleepy. Prevent falls by calling someone when you get out of bed or if you need help.
Ask for information about where and when to go for follow-up visits:
For continuing care, treatments, or home services, ask for more information.
CONTACT A CAREGIVER IF:
- You have stomach cramps.
- You have a fever (high body temperature).
- You have chest pain or trouble breathing that is getting worse over time.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition, medicine, or care.
SEEK CARE IMMEDIATELY IF:
- You have bleeding that does not stop.
- You have very bad abdominal pain that does not go away, even with medicine.
- You suddenly feel lightheaded and have trouble breathing.
- You have new and sudden chest pain. You may have more pain when you take deep breaths or cough. You may cough up blood.
- Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
- You have signs of a stroke: The following signs are an emergency. Call 911 immediately if you have any of the following:
- Weakness or numbness in your arm, leg, or face (may be on only one side of your body)
- Confusion and problems speaking or understanding speech
- A very bad headache that may feel like the worst headache of your life
- Not being able to see out of one or both of your eyes
- Feeling too dizzy to stand
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