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Open Salpingo-Oophorectomy


Open salpingo-oophorectomy is surgery to remove one or both fallopian tubes together with the ovaries.



  • NSAIDs help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. This medicine is available without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your primary healthcare provider (PHP) if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
  • Acetaminophen decreases pain and fever. It is available without a doctor's order. Ask how much to take and how often to take it. Follow directions. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage if not taken correctly.
  • Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your PHP how to take this medicine safely.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your PHP 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 surgeon or gynecologist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Wound care:

Carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.


This surgery may be life-changing for you and your family. 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 caregivers, family, or friends about your feelings. You may need to attend meetings with a caregiver, family members, or other people who are close to you. These meetings can help everyone better understand your condition, surgery, and care.


Ask when you can return to your usual activities, such as exercise. It is best to start exercise slowly and do more as you get stronger. Exercise makes your heart stronger, lowers blood pressure, and keeps your bones healthy.

Contact your surgeon or gynecologist if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.
  • You have nausea or are vomiting.
  • Your skin is itchy, swollen, or has a rash.
  • You have questions or concerns about condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You feel lightheaded, short of breath, and have chest pain.
  • You cough up blood.
  • Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
  • You feel something is bulging into your vagina, or you have vaginal bleeding.
  • You have lower abdominal or back pain that does not go away even after you take your medicines
  • You have pus or a foul-smelling odor coming from your vagina.
  • You have trouble urinating or having a bowel movement.
  • You have sudden, severe shoulder pain.
  • Blood soaks through your bandage.
  • Your symptoms return.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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