Oophorectomy/Salpingectomy - OBGYN Livingston, NJ
What is an Oophorectomy/Salpingectomy?
An oophorectomy/salpingectomy, also known as a salpingo-oophorectomy, is a combination of two common gynecological procedures. It combines a salpingectomy, which removes the fallopian tubes, and an oophorectomy, which removes the ovaries. It can sometimes be combined with a hysterectomy. There are two types of salpingo-oophorectomy procedures:
- Unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy: The removal of one ovary and fallopian tube.
- Bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy: The removal of both ovaries and fallopian tubes.
There are a variety of reasons why your gynecologist may recommend an oophorectomy/salpingectomy. Some of the common conditions it can help include:
In addition to the above conditions, some women have abnormal genes, known as BRCA1 and BRCA2. These genes give them an increased risk for developing ovarian cancer before the age of 70, many of whom develop the disease around the age of 45. For these women, a salpingo-oophorectomy may be performed to reduce the risk of cancer.
How is a Salpingo-Oophorectomy Performed?
This procedure can either be performed through a traditional open abdominal surgery or through laparoscopic surgery, depending on each patient’s individual condition.
- Open abdominal surgery requires general anesthesia and a larger incision on your abdomen. The incision will be large enough to remove the fallopian tubes and ovaries. When the doctor is complete, he or she will stitch, staple, or glue the incision closed.
- Laparoscopic surgery can be performed under general or local anesthesia. It requires smaller incisions to access the ovaries and fallopian tubes and for the surgeon’s tools. Your doctor will use a laparoscope to perform the surgery. A laparoscope is a thin probe that has a light and camera that allows him or her to see the organs.
Salpingo-Oophorectomy Recovery Period
Recovery time is dependent on a few different factors: the type of surgery you have, whether or not you start hormone replacement therapy, and your general medical condition. While recovery from laparoscopic surgery is typically easier and quicker than traditional surgery, most patients can fully return to activities within six weeks. Laparoscopic surgery recovery time can be as little as 2 weeks.
No matter the duration of your recovery time is, you do have options to help make this time more comfortable, including:
- Wearing loose and comfortable clothing.
- Asking for assistance with daily meals, and avoiding foods that cause gas (beans, broccoli, Brussel sprouts).
- Stocking up on gas remedies, including anti-gas medications, stool softeners, painkillers, and peppermint tea.
- Setting up a comfortable recovery area in your home prior to surgery. Some ideas include a comfortable chair and blanket with books and a TV nearby, and a heating pad plugged in close to your bed.
- Using straws when drinking, to avoid bending.
- Giving yourself as much time as needed for recovery.
Salpingo-Oophorectomy Specialists in New Jersey
If you are suffering from endometriosis, ectopic pregnancy, or any other gynecological condition, your doctor at Anthony C. Quartell & Associates will help you decide on the best treatment option for you. Our team will take an extensive look at your medical history and diagnosis to help you feel better. Make an appointment online or by calling 973-716-9600 today. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about your health!