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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
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. He may use a machine (robot) that has mechanical arms to operate the tools.
The following medicines may be ordered for you:
- NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. 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.
- Pain medicine takes away or decreases pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your 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.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider or surgeon as directed:
You may need to return to have your stitches removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
- Do not remove the strips or medical glue used to close your incisions for a week or as directed by your surgeon.
- Keep your surgical incision wound clean. Ask your primary healthcare provider or surgeon how to care for your wound. He will tell you when and how to clean it and to check for signs of infection.
- Keep your wound dry. Do not take a shower or bath for 24 hours after surgery, or as directed by your primary healthcare provider. Ask how long you will need to keep your wound covered while you bathe, and what to use to cover it. Check your wound for signs of infection, such as redness or swelling.
- You may have a sore throat if a tube was used to give you anesthesia during surgery. Use throat lozenges or gargle with warm salt water to help relieve your sore throat.
- Do not lift heavy objects for up to 6 weeks after surgery or as directed by your primary healthcare provider.
- Ask your primary healthcare provider when it is okay to start having sex again.
Contact your primary healthcare provider or surgeon if:
- You have a fever.
- You have shoulder or back pain or nausea that does not go away after a few days or gets worse.
- Your wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- Blood soaks through your bandage.
- Your leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
- You feel weak, dizzy, or faint.
- You feel lightheaded, short of breath, or have chest pain.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.