Oophorectomy or Salpingo-oophorectomy (Ovary/Fallopian Tube Removal Surgery)

The surgical removal of one or both of the ovaries is referred to as an Oophorectomy (oh-of-uh-REK-tuh-me.) The ovaries are the female reproductive organs that contain egg cells and regulate the menstrual cycle. Although this procedure can be done alone, it is often combined with hysterectomy. Removal of the ovaries as well as the fallopian tubes is referred to as a Salpingo-oophorectomy. 

Reasons for an Oophorectomy or Salpingo-oophorectomy

An oophorectomy may be a necessary surgical procedure in the event of:

  • Ovarian abscess- a pus-filled pocket in an ovary, usually caused by bacteria
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Endometriosis- a disorder that occurs when tissue that normally grows inside the uterus grows outside of the uterus
  • Non-cancerous ovarian tumors/cysts
  • Reducing the risk of ovarian cancer for those at an increased risk
  • Ovarian torsion- the twisting of an ovary

Oophorectomy/Salpingo-oophorectomy Methods

Ovary or fallopian tube removal can be accomplished through two methods available with Alaska Pediatric Surgery; laparoscopy, a minimally invasive technique in which a fiber-optic instrument is inserted through the abdominal wall, allowing a view of the surgical site and procedure, or a laparotomy, which involves a surgical incision into the abdominal wall. Our surgeons will remove the ovaries from their blood supply and the tissue surrounding it. 

Laparoscopy typically results in a faster recovery time after the procedure, less pain to manage and a shorter hospital stay. Depending on the circumstances, a laparoscopy may need to become a laparotomy during the procedure, but this will vary from case to case.

Common Outcomes

Even if one ovary is removed through surgery, your child’s reproductive future will still be viable. With one ovary, normal conception is still possible. However, in the event that both ovaries are removed, other options may need to be considered in your child’s future, since natural conception will be impossible.

Cancer Management

In the event that you are seeking an oophorectomy for cancer, we encourage you to visit Alaska Pediatric Oncology, who are committed to the health of your child that may have been diagnosed with cancer. Both our team and the staff at APO will stand with your family through every scenario and ensure your child receives the best care possible.

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Ovarian Cancer

Cancer of the female reproductive organ(s) that is often treated with an oophorectomy, the surgical removal of the ovaries.

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