Oophorectomy/Salpingectomy Near Belleville, NJ
What is an Oophorectomy/Salpingectomy?
An oophorectomy is a surgical procedure performed to treat pelvic diseases such as ovarian cancer or severe endometriosis. During an oophorectomy, one or both of the ovaries are removed, and it is often performed with a salpingectomy, which is when the fallopian tubes are removed. When only one ovary and fallopian tube is removed, the procedure is called a unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, and when both are removed, it is called a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. These procedures are also sometimes combined with a hysterectomy, which removes the uterus. An oophorectomy can also be performed as a preventive procedure, known as a prophylactic oophorectomy. Although an oophorectomy/salpingectomy is used to treat several serious conditions, the removal of the ovaries leads to infertility, so Dr. Quartell will work with you to determine if this treatment path is right for you. Continue reading to learn more about this combination of procedures, which Dr. Quartell and his team perform for patients near Belleville, NJ.
Treatment for Gynecological Conditions Near Belleville, NJ
Dr. Quartell may recommend an oophorectomy/salpingectomy for a number of reasons. This combination of procedures is utilized to treat many gynecological conditions, including:
- Ovarian cancer
- Benign masses affecting the ovaries
- Ovarian cysts or tumors
- Ovarian torsion (twisting of an ovary)
These procedures can also be used as preventative measures. Some women have abnormal genes, known as BRCA1 and BRCA2, which put them at an increased risk for developing ovarian cancer before the age of 70. Many women affected by these abnormal genes develop the disease around age 45. In these cases, oophorectomy/salpingectomy is used to reduce the risk of ovarian and breast cancer.
The benefits of oophorectomy/salpingectomy depend on the patient – some women who are at a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer or other pelvic diseases may benefit from not undergoing an oophorectomy. This will allow them to avoid hormone problems and an increased risk of fractures and osteoporosis. They may also enjoy a longer survival rate by avoiding the oophorectomy.
What are my Options for Oophorectomy/Salpingectomy in NJ?
There are two methods of performing oophorectomy/salpingectomy, and the procedure you receive will depend on your individual condition.
Open Abdominal Surgery
This method of performing oophorectomy/salpingectomy requires general anesthesia and a large incision on the abdomen – which will be large enough to remove the fallopian tubes and ovaries. Once they are removed, Dr. Quartell will stitch, staple, or glue the incision closed.
The laparoscopic method of performing oophorectomy/salpingectomy requires multiple small incisions and is performed under either general or local anesthesia. A laparoscope, which is a thin tube with a light and a camera, is used to allow Dr. Quartell to see and remove the organs. They are removed through the incisions, and most patients can fully return to activities within six or fewer weeks after laparoscopic surgery.
Oophorectomy/Salpingectomy and Gynecological Care Near Belleville, NJ
Oophorectomy does not completely eliminate the risk of ovarian or breast cancer and can increase a patient’s risk of heart disease. At our office in Livingston, NJ, your doctor at Anthony C. Quartell & Associates will help you decide on the best treatment option depending on your medical history and diagnosis. Our team provides compassionate gynecological care near Belleville, NJ, ensuring that each patient understands their condition and treatment plan so the best possible decisions can be made. Please contact us today by calling 973-716-9600 to make an appointment and to discuss with our physicians whether this procedure is right for you.