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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A laparoscopic oophorectomy is surgery to remove one or both of your ovaries. Your surgeon will use a laparoscope (a thin tube with a light and tiny video camera on the end) and small tools to remove your ovaries. He or she may use a robot (machine) that has mechanical arms to operate the tools. This is called a robotic-assisted laparoscopic oophorectomy.
Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) for any of the following:
- You feel lightheaded, short of breath, and have chest pain.
- You cough up blood.
Seek care immediately if:
- Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
- Blood soaks through your bandage.
- Your stitches come apart.
Call your doctor if:
- You have a fever or chills.
- Your wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.
- You have pus or a foul-smelling odor coming from your vagina.
- You have nausea or are vomiting.
- You have trouble urinating or having a bowel movement.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
You may need any of the following:
- NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your healthcare provider if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
- Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your healthcare provider how to take this medicine safely. Some prescription pain medicines contain acetaminophen. Do not take other medicines that contain acetaminophen without talking to your healthcare provider. Too much acetaminophen may cause liver damage. Prescription pain medicine may cause constipation. Ask your healthcare provider how to prevent or treat constipation.
- Hormone medicine may be given if both ovaries are removed. This medicine will replace hormones in your body that your ovaries produced. You may not be started on this medicine for until 2 to 3 months after surgery.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her 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.
Care for your surgery area as directed:
When you are allowed to bathe, carefully wash around the area with soap and water. Gently dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty. If you have strips of medical tape, let them fall off on their own.
Ask your healthcare provider when you can return to your normal activities. Do not have sex, douche, or use tampons until your healthcare provider says it is okay. These actions may cause an infection. Do not exercise or lift anything heavy until your healthcare provider says it is okay. This may put too much stress on your incision.
Ask for help:
This surgery may be life-changing for you and your family. You will no longer be able to get pregnant if both of your ovaries are removed. Sudden changes in the levels of your hormones may occur and cause mood swings and depression. You may feel angry, sad, or frightened, or cry frequently and unexpectedly. These feelings are normal. Talk to your healthcare provider about where you can get support.
Follow up with your doctor as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
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