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Laparoscopic Oophorectomy


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.


Before your surgery:

  • An informed consent is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that you may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done. Make sure all your questions are answered.
  • An IV is a small tube placed in your vein that is used to give you medicine or liquids.
  • Anesthesia is medicine to make you comfortable during the surgery. Caregivers will work with you to decide which anesthesia is best for you.
    • General anesthesia will keep you asleep and free from pain during surgery. Caregivers may give you anesthesia through your IV. You may breathe it in through a mask or a tube placed down your throat. The tube may cause you to have a sore throat when you wake up.
    • Regional anesthesia (nerve block) is a shot of medicine that will make you lose feeling in the surgery area.

During your surgery:

Your surgeon will make an incision near your belly button. He will insert a laparoscope through the incision to see inside your abdomen and pelvis. Your abdomen will be inflated with a gas (carbon dioxide) to give your surgeon room to use small tools. You will also have 2 to 3 smaller incisions made at different places on your abdomen. You may need more incisions if your surgeon will be using robot assistance. Your surgeon will use small tools to cut and remove one or both of your ovaries. Your incisions will be closed with strips, stitches, or medical glue and covered with bandages.

After your surgery:

You will be taken to a room to rest until you are fully awake. Caregivers will monitor you closely for any problems. Do not get out of bed until your caregiver says it is okay. When your caregiver sees that you are okay, you may be allowed to go home. If you need to stay in the hospital, you will be taken to your room.

  • Pain medicine takes away or decreases your pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you ask for your medicine. The medicine may not work as well at controlling your pain if you wait too long to take it. Pain medicine can make you dizzy or sleepy. Prevent falls by calling a caregiver when you want to get out of bed or if you need help.


The gas used during your surgery may cause shoulder or back pain for 1 to 2 days after your surgery. You may also get an infection after surgery. Problems may happen during your laparoscopic surgery that may make an open surgery necessary instead. Your stomach, intestines, blood vessels, or nerves may get injured. This may cause too much bleeding and can become life-threatening. You may get a blood clot in your leg. The clot may travel to your heart or brain and cause life-threatening problems, such as a heart attack or stroke.


You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

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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.