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How do they drain an 4cm ovarian cyst? Do they cut ? How long is the recovery time?

How do they drain an 4cm ovarian cyst? Do they cut ? How long is the recovery time?

If it is: thought to be a so-called functional cyst they may wait several cycles to see if it resolves on its own. Otherwise, if it is presumptively benign, a laparoscopic removal(cystectomy) would be performed. If it is more suspicious, open surgery may be indicated. The cysts are not drained, they are removed. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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Had ovarian cyst drained a week ago, still getting the same pain, is this normal?

Had ovarian cyst drained a week ago, still getting the same pain, is this normal?

Pain may not b ovary: There was no size of the cyst noted but cysts on the ovary can be simple, normal, small cysts and usually do not cause pain. Further work-up would be advised. There are other causes of pelvic pain including urinary and bowel problems. Also, cysts that are drained often return. You should be seen again for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Is having an ovarian cyst drained different to having an ovarian cyst removed? I had a cyst drained a week ago and have the same symptoms

Is having an ovarian cyst drained different to having an ovarian cyst removed? I had a cyst drained a week ago and have the same symptoms

Yes: When a patient has the cyst drained, it means that the fluid is removed but the lining of the cyst reains. There is a chance the cyst will fill with fluid again. When the entire cyat is removed, including the lining, there is little chance it will return. ...Read more

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I have a 7cm ovarian cyst I had a previous one 7 month ago that was drained. during both cysts I have put on a horrendous amount of weight but eating?

I have a 7cm ovarian cyst I had a previous one 7 month ago that was drained.

during both cysts I have put on a horrendous amount of weight but eating?

Recurrent cysts: Your gyn will talk with you about cyst suppression with oral contraceptives. You are young and you can take off the weight by 1200-1400 calories daily and exercise. The patient education site www.patientedu.org has great info on diet. ...Read more

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Ovarian cyst drained 4 days ago and still sore. Help?

Ovarian cyst drained 4 days ago and still sore. Help?

Ovarian cyst: If your cyst was drained, it involved surgery and will tala a little time to heal. This presumes that the cyst if the cause of your pain. ...Read more

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Pain in area where i had a dermoid ovarian cyst drained one week ago? Is this pain a normal healing process or could there be something wrong?

Pain in area where i had a dermoid ovarian cyst drained one week ago? Is this pain a normal healing process  or could there be something wrong?

Could be: Usually a dermoid ovarian cyst is not drained but removed from the ovary as it is likely to continue to grow. There could always be an infection but that is unusual. You should be seen by your physician. ...Read more

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I have a ovarian cysts that is causing a lot of pain doctor has said he will refer me to get it drained when its drained can it come back?

I have a ovarian cysts that is causing a lot of pain doctor has said he will refer me to get it drained when its drained 
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Depends what it is: If it is a functional cyst it likely will not come back although it could, if it is not functional (endometrioma, inclusion cyst, benign tumor etc....) they will recur about 85%-100% of the time. It's important to have at least a very good guess what it "is" before draining. ...Read more

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I have an 8cm ovarian cyst and pregnant, my doctor said he will drain it vaganily as i won't need any pain killers or anaesthetic, is this safe?

I have an 8cm ovarian cyst and pregnant, my doctor said he will drain it vaganily as i won't need any pain killers or anaesthetic, is this safe?

Ovarian cyst: Ovarian cysts are very common in early pregnancy and throughout the first trimester. If you are in the first trimester, avoid any intervention as the cyst will probably resolve on its own. If your doctor is worried about a malignancy then needle drainage should be avoided at all costs. ...Read more

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30/f endometriosis and ovarian cysts had left ovary and tube removed. Had fluid drained off pelvis 6 months later. Now i'm in horrible pain.

30/f endometriosis and ovarian cysts had left ovary and tube removed. Had fluid drained off pelvis 6 months later. Now i'm in horrible pain.

You suffering sole: 30's female with endometriosis is one of a multitude of suffering persons. Doctors do not know cause. Unfortunately operative procedures of the pelvic cavity tissues can arouse adhesions. I have often wondered at incidence of bowel obstruction ; irritable bowel syndrome as function of serial operative procedures many endometriosis patients undergo. ...Read more

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Had a ovarian cyst drained, and have been bleeding for 10 days straight so it cannot be a period? Slight pain, should i be concerned?

Had a ovarian cyst drained, and have been bleeding for 10 days straight so it cannot be a period? Slight pain, should i be concerned?

Increased bleeding: The concern with vaginal bleeding is anemia. Since you recently had a procedure on you ovary, there may be some dysregualtion. if it is not decreasing (looking like it is tailing off) -would call you doctor . Hormones like BCP may help regulate for a few months. Could also be infection/other pathology f/u with doc over next 24-48 hours. ...Read more

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I had an ovarian cyst drained on my right side now I have a cyst on my left ovary. What's my chances of getting pregnant , will I have a hard time?

Depends: It really depends on what is going on. You really need to figure out what type of cysts they are and whether there is any evidence of endometriosis. Cysts themselves do not cause infertility but you want to prevent unnecessary surgery every time these cysts develop. ...Read more

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I hav simple ovarian cyst frm 6 yrs.Had it drained formed again.Causes immense pain in periods and when i lift weight.Ocp don't work.Sggest treatment?

I hav simple ovarian cyst frm 6 yrs.Had it drained formed again.Causes immense pain in periods and when i lift weight.Ocp don't work.Sggest treatment?

Different cyst: Remember, a woman makes a cyst every month. It is where the egg is until you release it with ovulation. Some women will experience pain with ovulation called mittlesmerz. Get an examination while you are experiencing your symptoms. That way your doctor might better isolate exactly where the pain is coming from. Pain is probably uterus, not ovaries. ...Read more

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Hi, I had a 6cm overian cyst drained 3weeks ago, I have the same symptoms now before I had surgery. Is it possible that it filled up again?

Hi, I had a 6cm overian cyst drained 3weeks ago, I have the same symptoms now before I had surgery.   Is it possible that it filled up again?

Yes: Yes, it is quite possible that it has "filled up" again. Generally if a cyst is causing symptoms such that treatment is indicated, ovarian cystectomy (removal of the cyst) is preferred to cyst aspiration due to the high rate of recurrence after aspiration. ...Read more

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8 week followup u/s for simple left ovarian cyst which remains same. Right side (no cyst) now measures 19 cc up from 12cc last time. Concerning?

8 week followup u/s for simple left ovarian cyst which remains same. Right side (no cyst) now measures 19 cc up from 12cc last time. Concerning?

No: Simple ovarian cysts are usually benign (not cancer) in a woman in her early 30s. If they become large or painful, they can be removed with laparoscopic surgery but frequently go away on their own. ...Read more

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Can complex fluid filled ovarian cysts become cancerous? Why might there be a bright ring around it on u/s then no ring on f/u u/s? Causing much pain.

Yes it can: Complex cysts can be cancerous depending on their size and rate of growth. A CA125 test can help decide its nature. Ultrasound is a good test to measure increase in size and also may show any solid components inside the cyst. You should get the ultrasound repeated in 3-4 months and have your gynecologist guide you further. You may need surgical removal if it is causing you much pain or increased s ...Read more

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U/S says 5.6cm ovarian cyst resolved, but it still hurts all the time. What could be going on? I'm still having all the same symptoms.

U/S says 5.6cm ovarian cyst resolved, but it still hurts all the time. What could be going on? I'm still having all the same symptoms.

Cystic fluid: If the ovarian cyst resolved by rupturing with fluid accumulation on the lining of the internal body cavity (peritoneum), then that's why you are still symptomatic. Eventually this will resolve if that is the case. ...Read more

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2nd time in 3 months an U/S has shown bilateral ovarian cysts. But I thought only one ovary ovulates each month? R ovary hurts, cyst is 1cm.

Bilateral cysts: A one cm ovarian cyst is quite small and in the process of ovulation production both ovaries are stimulated and cysts sometimes forms. You are correct that ovaries generally alternate ovulation, but unless you have PCOS most cysts are benign and unilateral. ...Read more

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Pelvic u/s showed a 2 CM ovarian cyst. Pain got worse,u/s repeated 2 days later.Cyst was now 4 CM. Will it keep growing that quickly? It hurts a lot

Pelvic u/s showed a 2 CM ovarian cyst. Pain got worse,u/s repeated 2 days later.Cyst was now 4 CM.  Will it keep growing that quickly? It hurts a lot

Can not predict: WE can not predict how an individual cyst will behave over time. The most likely scenario is that a small ovarian cyst like this will resolve on its own over time. Follow up monitoring by your obgyn should be done ...Read more

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Ovarian Cyst (Definition)

A growth (often balloon like) on an ovary. It is often thin walled ...Read more