Removing an Ovarian Cyst
Q: I was just diagnosed with an ovarian cyst on my left ovary. I had a hysterectomy
8 months ago, but kept my ovaries. I'm only 31 years old. I have had pain for
the last 8 months on my left side.
The cyst measures at 5.2cm. Is that a normal size? I want it removed! What
size do cysts typically have to be before the doctor will remove them? I also
want the doctor to take my ovary out since I have had nothing but problems.
Is that a wise decision?
Dr. Donnica: I am sorry to hear of your troubles. You didn't say
why you had a hysterectomy, which is probably very relevant. I am concerned
that your left sided pain has been there since the time of your surgery. Has
your doctor offered an explanation? Was the ovarian cyst present at the time
of your surgery?
In general, ovarian cysts are removed if there is any suspicion that they are
not completely benign, if they are over 6 cm, or if they are causing symptoms.
If your doctor suspects that the cyst is responsible for your pain, it should
be removed. This can be done laparoscopically through a "band-aid"
incision and you should be able to go home from the hospital the same day and
be back to all your usual activities within 2 to 3 days. If the cyst is easily
removed, there is no reason to remove the ovary. Of course, this is an issue
you should discuss with your doctor as well.
Donnica Moore MD
Created: 6/19/2003  - Donnica Moore, M.D.