Minimally Invasive Oophorectomy (Fullerton Ave, Chicago)

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Oophorectomy

Oophorectomy, the surgical removal of one or both ovaries, is an important procedure that can significantly contribute to women's overall health and well-being. It is typically recommended in certain situations to address specific medical conditions or reduce the risk of developing serious health issues. By addressing these conditions, oophorectomy aims to improve quality of life, reduce the risk of complications, and promote overall women's health.

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Gynecological Surgery
Women's Health Center of Chicago

Oophorectomy

Gynecological Surgery

Oophorectomy, the surgical removal of one or both ovaries, is an important procedure that can significantly contribute to women's overall health and well-being. It is typically recommended in certain situations to address specific medical conditions or reduce the risk of developing serious health issues. By addressing these conditions, oophorectomy aims to improve quality of life, reduce the risk of complications, and promote overall women's health.

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Common Conditions and Diagnostic Benefits

Oophorectomy can be performed to diagnose, prevent, or treat various conditions. Some common indications for oophorectomy include ovarian cysts, benign ovarian tumors, endometriosis involving the ovaries, or ovarian cancer. In cases where there is a high risk of ovarian cancer due to genetic factors, oophorectomy may be recommended as a preventive measure. Diagnostic evaluations such as imaging tests, blood tests, and sometimes biopsies help identify these conditions and determine the need for oophorectomy.

Benefits and Potential Outcomes

Oophorectomy offers several benefits to women’s health and well-being. By removing diseased or at-risk ovaries, it can alleviate symptoms, prevent the progression of certain conditions, and reduce the risk of developing ovarian cancer. Additionally, for women at high risk of ovarian cancer, oophorectomy can provide peace of mind and contribute to long-term health preservation. The potential outcomes include symptom relief, improved quality of life, and a reduced risk of complications associated with ovarian conditions.

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Oophorectomy Procedure

(Before, During and After)

Before:

Before oophorectomy, an initial consultation with Dr. Adeeb AlShahrour at the Women’s Health Center of Chicago is necessary. During this consultation, your medical history, symptoms, and diagnostic findings will be thoroughly evaluated. Dr. AlShahrour will discuss the procedure, potential risks, benefits, and alternative treatment options. Pre-operative evaluations, including imaging studies and blood tests, may be performed to ensure your readiness for surgery.

During:

Oophorectomy is typically performed under general anesthesia in a hospital setting. The surgical approach can vary depending on the specific indication and patient factors. It may involve a laparoscopic technique, which uses small incisions and a specialized camera, or an open abdominal approach. During the procedure, Dr. AlShahrour will carefully remove the affected ovary or ovaries while taking necessary precautions to preserve surrounding tissues and structures.

After:

Following oophorectomy, you will be monitored in a recovery area before being transferred to a hospital room. Pain management measures will be in place to ensure your comfort. It is normal to experience some abdominal discomfort, fatigue, and mild vaginal bleeding or discharge for a few days to weeks after the procedure. Dr. AlShahrour will provide post-operative instructions, including pain management recommendations, activity restrictions, and any necessary follow-up appointments.

About Dr. Adeeb Alshahrour

Dr. Alshahrour is a highly skilled obstetrician and gynecologist who provides compassionate care to women of all ages. He has years of experience in the field, and is dedicated to helping his patients achieve the best possible health outcomes. Dr. Alshahrour is committed to providing quality care that meets the needs of each individual patient.

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About Dr. Adeeb Alshahrour

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Dr. Alshahrour is a highly skilled obstetrician and gynecologist who provides compassionate care to women of all ages. He has years of experience in the field, and is dedicated to helping his patients achieve the best possible health outcomes. Dr. Alshahrour is committed to providing quality care that meets the needs of each individual patient.

FAQ

If both ovaries are removed during oophorectomy, it will cause menopause as the ovaries produce hormones such as estrogen and progesterone. If only one ovary is removed or a portion of one ovary is preserved, menopause may not occur immediately, but there may be changes in hormonal balance. Dr. AlShahrour can provide guidance on managing menopausal symptoms if necessary.

Yes, oophorectomy can affect fertility, as it involves the removal of one or both ovaries responsible for producing eggs. If both ovaries are removed, fertility is no longer possible. If only one ovary is removed, fertility may still be possible, but it may be reduced. If fertility preservation is a concern, it is important to discuss it with Dr. AlShahrour before the procedure.

Oophorectomy, like any surgical procedure, carries risks and potential complications, which can include bleeding, infection, damage to surrounding structures, or adverse reactions to anesthesia. Additionally, removing both ovaries can lead to long-term effects such as hormonal changes, increased risk of osteoporosis, or cardiovascular conditions. Dr. AlShahrour will discuss these risks and potential complications with you before the procedure.

Yes, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can be prescribed after oophorectomy to replace the hormones no longer produced by the ovaries. HRT can help manage menopausal symptoms and mitigate potential long-term health risks associated with reduced hormone levels. Dr. AlShahrour can evaluate your individual needs and guide you in making informed decisions regarding HRT.

Recovery time after oophorectomy can vary depending on the extent of the procedure, the individual's overall health, and other factors. Generally, women can expect a recovery period of several weeks, during which it is essential to rest, follow post-operative instructions, and gradually increase activity levels. Dr. AlShahrour will provide personalized recovery guidelines and monitor your progress.

Yes, oophorectomy can significantly reduce the risk of developing ovarian cancer. It is especially beneficial for women with a high genetic risk due to certain gene mutations such as BRCA1 and BRCA2. By removing the ovaries, which are the primary site for ovarian cancer development, the risk of developing this type of cancer is greatly reduced. Dr. AlShahrour can assess your risk factors and discuss the appropriateness of oophorectomy for risk reduction.

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