In some cases, cystic masses (benign or malignant) could be developed on women's ovaries.
Ultrasound scan and hematological-biochemical test of blood contribute to the differential diagnosis and classification of ovarian cysts.
Usually, ovarian cysts required surgical removal. The final diagnosis is achieved through histological analysis.
What is laparoscopic resection of an ovarian cyst?
Laparoscopic resection of an ovarian cyst is the surgical removal of a cyst from the ovary.
Resection of ovarian cysts can be performed making a big incision through the abdominal wall (like the incision of cesarean section) or laparoscopically.
What is laparoscopy?
During laparoscopy procedure are performed 3-4 very small incisions in the abdomen (tummy) (usually they have 1 centimeter diameter each).
Laparoscopic instruments and a camera are put through these incisions.
The doctor put gas into the abdomen in order to see clearly and to have more room to work.
The camera sends the images onto a high-definition screen and it provides us a clear view of the area using high magnification.
At last but not least, the sutures (on each incision) are subcuticular and they get absorbed by the body so it is not needed to be removed by a doctor.
In which cases is the resection of ovarian cysts necessary?
The most common cause of ovarian cysts is the disordered ovulation.
The follicle does not rupture to release the egg, so it is created a cyst (follicular cyst) which might cause changes in menstruation periods.
This type of cyst does not require a surgical removal because resolves without treatment.
How does the doctor remove an ovarian cyst during laparoscopy procedure?
During laparoscopy, a special bag is inserted in the abdomen through small abdominal incisions and the resection of the cyst is performed through this bag.
After this procedure, the surgeon removes this bag and sends the cyst for histological examination.
Laparoscopic resection of an ovarian cyst 7cm.
Why is laparoscopic resection of ovarian cysts recommended?
- Short hospitalization time (usually you discharge from the hospital a day after the procedure)
- Rapid recovery and return to normal activity
- Significantly less post operative pain
- The incisions are less than 1 centimeter, so the cosmetic result is better
- It is a safe procedure with few post operative complications (including infections)
- At the same time of the surgery, the doctor can closely examine the abdomen organs due to high definition images and the visual magnification
- Improvement of fertility rates
Why should ovarian cysts resection be performed laparoscopically; especially in women with infertility problems?
If presence of ovarian cysts is accompanied by infertility problems then with the laparascopic cystectomy they can be performed:
- laparoscopic tubal patency test
- check of ovarian morphology and volume
- mobilization of tubes and ovaries
These particular laparoscopic manipulations improve the fertility rates and increase the reproductive ability to conceive naturally or through assisted reproductive technology.
How do I decide which option is better for me?
Consult Dr. Marinakis a specialist Gynecologist - Endoscopic surgeon.
Doctor should examine you in order to be assured that there is an indication for a Laparoscopic surgery.
If they have discouraged you from Laparoscopy, and you do not have enough information not only about the indications of the procedure, but also about your plan of treatment, you might have been in the wrong place!
Overall, laparoscopy is a really safe procedure; however every single medical procedure is safe only if it is managed by a specialist.
Gynecologist Dr. Marinakis specialises in gynecological hysteroscopy. He is certified in advanced laparoscopy and hysteroscopy by Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He was also a member of Laparoscopic training unit “MATTU” in United Kingdom.
How much does a laparoscopy cost?
The cost of a laparoscopic procedure is low and it usually depends on your health insurance cover.