Oophorectomy/Salpingectomy in Livingston, NJ
What is an Oophorectomy/Salpingectomy?
An oophorectomy is a surgical procedure used to remove one or both of the ovaries as a treatment for pelvic diseases such as ovarian cancer or severe endometriosis. This procedure is often performed with a hysterectomy, which removes the uterus; or with a salpingectomy, which removes the fallopian tubes. An oophorectomy can also be performed as a preventive procedure, known as a prophylactic oophorectomy.
Women typically undergo this procedure as treatment for ovarian cancer, endometriosis, ovarian cysts or tumors, ovarian torsion (twisting of an ovary), or to reduce the risk of ovarian and breast cancer. Some women have abnormal genes, known as BRCA1 and BRCA2 that 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.
How is an Oophorectomy/Salpingectomy performed?
This procedure may be performed through a traditional open incision or through laparoscopy with multiple small incisions, depending on each patient’s individual condition. Most patients can fully return to activities within six weeks, and even sooner after a laparoscopic surgery.
Some women who are at a higher risk for developing ovarian cancer or other pelvic diseases may actually benefit from not undergoing an oophorectomy. They can benefit because they will avoid hormone problems, and avoid an increased risk of fractures and osteoporosis. They will also often enjoy a longer survival rate by avoiding the oophorectomy.
Oophorectomy increases a patient’s risk of heart disease and does not completely eliminate the risk of ovarian or breast cancer. Your doctor at Anthony C. Quartell & Associates will help you decide on the best treatment option depending on your history and diagnosis. Make an appointment with today by calling 973-716-9600 to further discuss if this procedure is right for you.