Considering preventative surgery for ovarian cancer? Here’s what you can expect.
If you are at a high risk of developing ovarian cancer, you may choose to have your ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in a preventative surgery called bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy.
Most often, this surgery is performed laparoscopically, meaning that small incisions are made in the abdomen through which a camera and other surgical tools can be passed. This minimally invasive approach allows for same-day discharge after surgery and the ability to recover in the comfort of your own home.
Dr. Joanne Kotsopoulos, scientist with the Familial Breast Cancer Research Institute at Women’s College Research Institute (WCRI) together with her colleagues Drs. Steven Narod, Michelle Jacobson, Mara Sobel, Lisa Allen, Patricia Nguyen and medical student Rachel Trister, developed this important resource providing information about discharge after surgery, expected physical symptoms, including pain, anesthetic side effects, vaginal bleeding and menopausal symptoms, possible unexpected post-operative complications, incision care, when to safely resume regular activities and how to seek help as you recover.