The type of oophorectomy that you receive may depend on your reason for treatment, the extent of your condition, and your preference. There are a few types of oophorectomy methods. The procedures are performed with general anesthesia.
An oophorectomy may be performed through a horizontal or vertical incision in the abdomen. A horizontal incision may leave less of scar, but a vertical incision allows your surgeon to view inside your abdominal cavity better. A vertical incision is mandatory if cancer is suspected. You will need to stay in the hospital for two to five days follow your procedure. It may take three to six weeks before you can return to your regular activities.
In some cases, oophorectomy is performed with a laparoscopic procedure. A laparoscopy uses a small incision near the belly button and a laparoscope to guide the surgery. A laparoscope is a type of endoscope. It consists of a thin tube with a light and viewing instrument. Images from the laparoscope may be sent to a video monitor. Thin surgical instruments are inserted through the laparoscope. The ovaries are detached and removed through a small incision at the top of the vagina. Laparoscope surgery is associated with less pain, less bleeding, less time spent in the hospital, and a quicker recovery time.