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Will you go through menopause after a partial ovary removal/partial oophorectomy?

Will you go through menopause after a partial ovary removal/partial oophorectomy?

Unlikely: Assuming that you have your other ovary, removal of part or all of the second ovary will not put a woman into menopause. The remaining ovary will still produce estrogen and ovulation will occur every month from the remaining ovary.

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Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Menopause (Definition)

The absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more


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To what extent does a unilateral oophorectomy (done at the age of five) affect hormone levels, and can I expect early menopause?

To what extent does a unilateral oophorectomy (done at the age of five) affect hormone levels, and can I expect early menopause?

Age 64 early?: Oophorectomy does have a small impact on onset of menopause. But if you're 64 and haven't been through menopause yet, that wouldn't be early. Average age of menopause is 51 years. ...Read more

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How to evaluate menopause if you undergo total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy?

How to evaluate menopause if you undergo total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy?

Menopause: If your ovaries are out, you are menopausal; the ovaries make estrogen. See you doctor for estrogen. ...Read more

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When will menopause symptoms start after a total hysterectomy with a bilateral oopherectomy? Does weight play a role in the starting of symptoms?

When will menopause symptoms start after a total hysterectomy with a bilateral oopherectomy? Does weight play a role in the starting of symptoms?

Right away: menopause symptoms after total abdominal hysterectomy with bilateral oophorectomy will start right away. Wait does not play a role in the starting of symptoms. ...Read more

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Why do I feel moody after an unilateral oophorectomy?

Why do I feel moody after an unilateral oophorectomy?

Hormone changes: The body will ultimately adjust to the changes in hormone production following unilateral removal of an ovary, but I have seen many patients have temporary menopausal symptoms (including mood changes) after unilateral oophorectomy. ...Read more

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What happens if I abruptly stop of estrogen 8 years after oophorectomy?

What happens if I abruptly stop of estrogen 8 years after oophorectomy?

Sx of menopause: You will quickly develop the symptoms of menopause that otherwise would have begin 8 years ago, but were postponed by the estrogen. You will also quickly begin to lose bone calcium at an accelerated rate. ...Read more

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Does an oophorectomy affect a woman's libido?

Yes: If you had both your ovaries removed then your main production of estrogen has been taken away, and this hormone does play a role in libido in women. Talk to your gyn about your treatment options. ...Read more

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What is postmenopausal laparoscopic oophorectomy?

What is postmenopausal laparoscopic oophorectomy?

Surgical procedure: It's a minimally invasive surgical procedure, utilizing small incisions and a camera as well as narrow diameter instruments to operate within a body cavity. Oophorectomy means to remove an ovary. Postmenopausal refers to a women who has stopped menstruating, and has left their reproductive years. ...Read more

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Oophorectomy 11 days ago. Ribs still painful, is this normal?

Oophorectomy 11 days ago. Ribs still painful, is this normal?

Laparoscopy?: If you had Laparoscopy to remove the ovaries, then the gas may be irritating the rib areas or giving you shoulder pain post surgery. Give your MD's office a call and find out if that is the case or not. ...Read more

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Do I have to get some blood tests before doing an oophorectomy?

Do I have to get some blood tests before doing an oophorectomy?

Elective procedures: Elective surgical procedures, like a planned and scheduled oophorectomy, require less blood work than emergency procedures. The type of blood work is usually determined by both your surgeon and anesthesia provider, and depends on your age and other health issues. So answer is, depends on a few things. If you have recent blood work from your primary doc, share it. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an oophorectomy with mini laparotomy?

How long does it take for an oophorectomy with mini laparotomy?

Why: This should be done laparoscopically and if straight forward 20 minutes for the docs part. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an oophorectomy via mini laparotomy to heal?

How long does it take for an oophorectomy via mini laparotomy to heal?

At least 6 weeks: We usually say about 6 weeks, but healing continues even after that. Only your doctor will be able to clear you for activities based on how you are healing and what specifically was done. ...Read more

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Can I be running and hitting the gym already after a month of having a laparoscopic oophorectomy?

Can I be running and hitting the gym already after a month of having a laparoscopic oophorectomy?

YES: Laparoscopic surgery is less traumatic to you so you will be able to get back to aggressive activities sooner than with traditional open surgery. Your surgeon should give you guidelines about when you can resume aggressive activities. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the difference between oophorectomy, exploration laparatomy and oophorocystectomy?

Please help! What is the difference between oophorectomy, exploration laparatomy and oophorocystectomy?

See definition below: Oophorectomy means surgical removal of an ovary.
Exploratory laparotomy refers to performing a surgical incicision of sufficient size in the abdominal wall in order to "explore" the abdominal cavity and examine the intraabdominal organs.
Ovarian cystectomy is the sugical removal of a cyst from an ovary. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to have a biopsy after hyst and bilateral oophorectomy to detect whether it's malignant or benign?

Is it necessary to have a biopsy after hyst and bilateral oophorectomy to detect whether it's malignant or benign?

Pathology: All tissues removed at surgery are sent for examination by a pathologist who will test selected parts by microscopy and other tests to determine if there is malignancy or any other abnormality. ...Read more

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I`v started swimming after 3 month of surgery (oophorectomy), and now its 7 month, is it too much for me? Will I have some problem? Can I dance?

I`v started swimming after 3 month of surgery (oophorectomy), and now its 7 month, is it too much for me? Will I have some problem? Can I dance?

Any activity: If this was done laproscopicall then you should be able to have any activity after 7 months. If done with larger incisions then you should talk to your surgeon to ask what acitity is allowed. J. ...Read more

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What can I expect having a salpingo-oophorectomy?

What can I expect having a salpingo-oophorectomy?

Depends: Depends on how it's done. Done laparoscopically (through small incisions) in your abdomen, recovery will be easier. If you're premenopausal (still getting a period), ovarian removal will put you into immediate menopause, likely causing common symptoms like hot flashes, insomnia, emotional lability, vaginal dryness, etc. You'll want to talk with your obgyn about how to manage this. ...Read more

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Does laparoscopic oophorectomy mean a hospital stay?

Does laparoscopic oophorectomy mean a hospital stay?

No: Most laparoscopic oophorectomies can be done on an outpatient basis, meaning you have the surgery in a surgicenter or hospital but you go home the same day. If complications occurred or if a laparotomy (open procedure) was necessary, an overnight stay might be recommended. ...Read more

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What are the complications of salpingo oophorectomy?

What are the complications of salpingo oophorectomy?

Several: If the ovaries are both removed from a woman who has not yet gone through menopause, the procedure will make her immediately menopausal and infertile.
Complications of the surgical procedure include pain, infection, hemorrhage, injury to internal organs, blood clots in the veins of the legs, and injury to nerves. ...Read more

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What should I expect from having a unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy?

What should I expect from having a unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy?

Depends: If this is done laparoscopically you should have very few issues postoperatively. Pain at the incision sites can last from less than a week to more than 2 weeks depending on lap vs. Open operation. Bleeding and infection are low risk unless this is being done for tuboovarian abscess. A lower abdominal incision can have a chance of hernia development. ...Read more

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I had a oophorectomy done 6 months ago and I am still suffering from pain, should I be worried?

I had a oophorectomy done 6 months ago and I am still suffering from pain, should I be worried?

See your doctor: It is not normal to still have pain 6 months after an oophorectomy. The cause of the pain should be diagnosed and treated. If the surgery was done for endometriosis, there may still be disease present. Alternatively, adhesions may have developed after surgery that could put the bowel at risk for obstruction and which should be fixed. ...Read more

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How is a hysterectomy oophorectomy performed?

Different ways: Hysterectomy refers to the uterus and oophorectomy refers to the ovary. They can be removed at the same time vaginally, abdominally, or laparoscopically. Which method is used is determined by your history, condition, and the surgeon's experience. ...Read more

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What are the indications for salphingo oophorectomy?

Many: This means removing the fallopian tube and ovary. For ovarian cyst or mass on one side, the tube and ovary may be removed. In menopause, if having a hysterectomy, we often recommend removing both fallopian tubes and ovaries as they can both cause dangerous cancers that are hard to detect until it is too late.
Tube and ovary are sometimes removed due to infection. Certainly cancer requires remova. ...Read more

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How long is a partial bilateral oophorectomy surgery?

How long is a partial bilateral oophorectomy surgery?

Partial?: There is no such thing as a partial bilateral oophorectomy. A bilateral oophorectomy may take as little as an hour or longer if there is scar tissue to work around. ...Read more

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When do you recommended to have a preventative oophorectomy?

When do you recommended to have a preventative oophorectomy?

Family history: Women who are brca 1 or 2 positive are definitely candidates for preventative or risk reducing surgery including removal of tubes and ovaries. Brca negative women with a family history of ovarian cancer can also be offered risk reducing surgery. Their lifetime risk can range from about 4-11% and their are no good screening tests available. ...Read more

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Does it take long to recover from prophylactic oophorectomy?

Does it take long to recover from prophylactic oophorectomy?

1 to 2 weeks: A prophylactic oophorectomy done by minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery should require no more than 1 to 2 weeks before you can be back to your normal energy levels and most normal activities. Heavy lifting, abdominal exercises, and sex are the only activities that should be deferred for 4 to 6 weeks. ...Read more

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How young is too young for a hysterectomy with oophorectomy?

It depends.: Once you have had your children, you can theoretically have a hysterectomy. However, most patients will wait until they have symptoms, and the younger you are, the more sever your symptoms would have to be to warrant major abdominal surgery. ...Read more