Oophorectomy/Salpingectomy in Livingston
What is an Oophorectomy/Salpingectomy?
Salpingo-oophorectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes. Removal of one ovary and fallopian tube is known as a unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. When both are removed, the procedure is referred to as a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. These procedures are often used to treat a variety of women’s health conditions (including ovarian cancer) and to prevent certain cancers in women who are at a particularly high risk.
NJ gynecologist Dr. Anthony Quartell has extensive experience performing this surgery using both traditional and laparoscopic methods. At our office in Livingston, NJ, we are committed to providing the most comprehensive pre and postoperative care, keeping you fully informed throughout the entire process. Learn more about salpingo-oophorectomy and your options for this procedure in NJ.
Am I A Candidate for Oophorectomy/Salpingectomy?
When you come to see Dr. Quartell, he will determine treatment options based on your individual situation and needs. A salpingo-oophorectomy may be considered if any of the following conditions are present:
- Ovarian cancer
- Benign tumors, cysts, or abscesses
- Ovarian torsion (twisting of the ovary)
- Pelvic infection
- Ectopic pregnancy
It is important to note that once your ovaries are removed, you will no longer be fertile. If you are premenopausal or would like to conceive a child in the future, salpingo-oophorectomy may not be the right treatment path for you. Dr. Quartell will take the time to discuss all of your options with you so the best decision can be made for your health.
Preventive Oophorectomy/Salpingectomy in Livingston, NJ
A prophylactic oophorectomy is commonly used as a preventative measure for women who carry the abnormal genes BRCA1 and BRCA2. These gene mutations put women at an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer before the age of 70. Many women with these genes will develop the disease around 45 years of age. When the ovaries are removed, the amount of hormones that circulate through the body are reduced, which can prevent the development of cancers that require these hormones.
What are the Types of Oophorectomy/Salpingectomy in NJ?
Dr. Quartell performs salpingo-oophorectomy in Livingston either through a traditional open incision or laparoscopy, depending on the patient’s medical history and specific condition. Women who present a higher risk for severe pelvic diseases can benefit from not having the procedure to avoid hormone problems, an increased risk of fractures, and osteoporosis.
Open Abdominal Surgery
Traditional salpingo-oophorectomy requires general anesthesia. Your surgeon will make an incision in the abdomen to remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes. The incision is then stapled, stitched, or glued closed and may be protected by bandages to promote a successful recovery. Open abdominal surgery may require a few days in the hospital to monitor changes, including any complications that may arise. Patients can typically return to normal activities within six to eight weeks of their procedure.
Laparoscopic salpingo-oophorectomy can be performed under general or local anesthesia. It is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses a thin tube with a light and camera attached to allow your surgeon to examine the pelvic organs. Several small incisions are made to access and remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes. The incisions are then closed. Laparoscopic surgery may require an overnight hospital stay and most patients can return to normal activities within two to three weeks.
Oophorectomy/Salpingectomy and Gynecological Care in Livingston, NJ
Dr. Quartell and his professional team are dedicated to providing women of all ages with the highest quality gynecological care in Livingston, NJ. We work directly with our patients to diagnose and treat a wide range of women’s health conditions, and provide exceptional services with each patient’s unique situation in mind. Dr. Quartell specializes in several gynecological surgeries, including salpingo-oophorectomy, and will ensure that you understand all decisions made for your health. Please contact us today by calling 973-716-9600 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our gynecology services in NJ.