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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.


The week before your surgery:

  • Write down the correct date, time, and location of your surgery.
  • Arrange a ride home. Ask a family member or friend to drive you home after your surgery or procedure. Do not drive yourself home.
  • Ask your caregiver if you need to stop using aspirin or any other prescribed or over-the-counter medicine before your procedure or surgery.
  • Bring your medicine bottles or a list of your medicines when you see your caregiver. Tell your caregiver if you are allergic to any medicine. Tell your caregiver if you use any herbs, food supplements, or over-the-counter medicine.
  • You may need blood or urine tests or an EKG to make sure you are healthy before surgery. You may also need X-rays, a CT scan, an MRI, or an ultrasound. These tests are used to check your ovaries and the organs around them. Ask your caregiver for more information about these and other tests you may need. Write down the date, time, and location of each test.

The night before your surgery:

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
  • You may be given medicine to drink, or an enema to use. An enema puts liquid inside your rectum. The medicine or enema will empty your bowels. Your caregiver will give you directions for when and how to do this before your surgery.

The day of your surgery:

  • Ask your caregiver before you take any medicine on the day of your surgery. Bring a list of all the medicines you take, or your pill bottles, with you to the hospital. Caregivers will check that your medicines will not interact poorly with the medicine you need for surgery.
  • You or a close family member will be asked to sign a legal document called a consent form. It gives caregivers permission to do the procedure or surgery. It also explains the problems that may happen, and your choices. Make sure all your questions are answered before you sign this form.
  • Caregivers may insert an intravenous tube (IV) into your vein. A vein in the arm is usually chosen. Through the IV tube, you may be given liquids and medicine.
  • An anesthesiologist will talk to you before your surgery. You may need medicine to keep you asleep or numb an area of your body during surgery. Tell caregivers if you or anyone in your family has had a problem with anesthesia in the past.


What will happen:

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. The 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.


  • You cannot make it to your surgery.
  • You have a fever.
  • You get a cold or the flu.
  • You have questions or concerns about your surgery.

Seek Care Immediately if

  • The problems that are causing you to need surgery get worse.


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.

Care Agreement

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.