Ovarian Cyst Removal—Open Surgery
Ovarian cyst removal is surgery to remove a cyst or cysts from one or both of your ovaries. An open surgery requires an incision large enough that the doctor can see the cyst and surrounding tissue. It may be done instead of a laparoscopic surgery if the cyst is large, there are many cysts, or complications develop during a laparoscopic surgery.
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An ovarian cyst may need to be removed if it is:
- Suspected of being cancer (the chances are lower if you are young)
- Large—more than 2.5 inches (6.35 centimeters) in diameter
- Solid (rather than containing just fluid)
- Causing pain
Last reviewedDecember 2014by Andrea Chisholm, MD
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