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A 52-year-old member asked:

what can i do if i need a total laparoscopic hysterectomy, but i don't want to give up my ovaries just yet?

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Dr. Roger Duvivier
Obstetrics and Gynecology 47 years experience
Why not ask surgeon?: Since a total laparoscopic hysterectomy implies the removal of your uterus and cervix, only, the removal of your ovaries may not be necessary unless there is a clear indication to do so or if you and your surgeon agree to remove them "prophylactically" after an "informed shared decision process". Discuss the risks/benefits of removing your tubes and of not "giving up your ovaries just yet".
Dr. Robert Harris
Urogynecology 31 years experience
Then don't: Just tell your doctor that you want to keep your ovaries. It is now recommended to remove fallopian tubes at the time of hysterectomy as this lessens your future risk for ovarian cancers. It is your choice as to whether or not your ovaries are removed at the time of hysterectomy. Find a GYN surgeon who will listen to you and respect your wishes.

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Last updated Jun 11, 2017

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