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Had a hysterectomy two years ago and they left one ovary which seems to keep developing painful cysts. Tried removing ovary but its attached to my bow?

Had a hysterectomy two years ago and they left one ovary which seems to keep developing painful cysts. Tried removing ovary but its attached to my bow?

Adhesions: It sounds like you may have developed adhesions. Adhesions are similar to scar tissue within the body, which can make future surgery around the area very difficult. You might consider seeing your doctor to determine if there is any other medical way to treat your ovarian cysts. ...Read more

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Ovary (Definition)

The usually paired female or hermaphroditic reproductive organ that produces ova and, in vertebrates, ...Read more


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I have had extremely tender/painful beasts (both) constantly since about 3 months after hysterectomy last december. I still have ovaries. Cause?

I have had extremely tender/painful beasts (both) constantly since about 3 months after hysterectomy last december. I still have ovaries. Cause?

Painful breasts: You may be having a hormonal problem which may be part of menopause, as your ovaries are probably giving variable amounts of hormone into your system. Best to see doctors who specialize in menopausal conditions. ...Read more

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I had a hysterectomy and removal of my tubes and ovaries. However, two years later, I had a very painful area in my pelvis and was told that I had endometriosis. Is this possible?

I had a hysterectomy and removal of my tubes and ovaries. However, two years later, I had a very painful area in my pelvis and was told that I had endometriosis. Is this possible?

Endo post Hyst: Removal of the uterus tubes and ovaries is not curative for endometriosis if the endometriosis was not removed at the time of surgery. Even then microscopic foci of endometriosis could regenerate down the road and cause pain. Now i would like to remind you that there are other conditions that may cause pain not related to endometriosis, such as interstitial cystitis, pelvic floor spasms. ...Read more

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What treatment for painful post hysterectomy complex hemorrhagic bilateral ovarian cysts? Total of five cysts in right ovary & change in bowel habits

What treatment for painful post hysterectomy complex hemorrhagic bilateral ovarian cysts? Total  of five cysts in right ovary & change in bowel habits

Ovarian Cysts: Hemorrhagic ovarian cysts can develop after uterine removal, or they can represent foci of endometriosis or merely retained corpora lutein cysts that become necrotic and bleed into them. Either way, the cysts don't usually burst, but they should definitely be evaluated by your gynecologist immediately, because they can be serious or even be harboring an ovarian tumor. See your gynecologist soon. ...Read more

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Since january I have experienced swollen painful breasts & abdominal pain. I had a hysterectomy may 2013, i kept my ovaries. What is happening to me?

Since january I have experienced swollen painful breasts & abdominal pain. I had a hysterectomy may 2013, i kept my ovaries. What is happening to me?

Hormonal changes: The average age of menopause is 51, so at 47 it would still be a little early, but not impossible for these changes to be related to menopause. I would definitely want you to see a doctor though, to make sure that there's nothing serious going on. Typically Progesterone is the hormone that causes breast pain and it could be that your hormones are just 'off'. See a doctor though to make certain! ...Read more

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After a partital hysterectomy, can ovaries stop function?

After a partital hysterectomy, can ovaries stop function?

Ovarian function: If the ovaries left intact are normal, then they will continue to function normally after surgery. However the ovaries will undergo the natural changes of peri-menopause and menopause as the individual ages. ...Read more

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I'm 47 and getting a hysterectomy. Should I keep my ovaries?

I'm 47 and getting a hysterectomy.  Should I keep my ovaries?

YES!!!: Studies shown that unless you have a VERY strong history of ovarian or breast cancer that leaving the ovaries in will prolong life significantly. Ovaries in the postmenopausal women make sm amts testosterone which is converted to estrogen peripherally and this helps protect against heart disease, the #1 killer of women. Ovarian cancer risk is 1/70, so much lower. Discuss your personal risk w/ DR ...Read more

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Am getting a hysterectomy, was wondering if I should keep my ovaries?

Depends : Given your age, i would strongly recommend you keep your ovaries unless you have some other risk factor such as strong family history of premenopausal ovarian cancer, condition such as severe endometriosis, or a personal history of some cancers. That's an important discussion to have with your surgeon. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are the effects on mood of a hysterectomy with the ovaries left behind?

Minimal: Besides some emotional changes associated in some with surgery itself there are usually none. ...Read more

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Hysterectomy (Definition)

The entire uterus (womb), cervix, the part protruding into the vagina, and ...Read more