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What are the risks of ovary removal surgery?

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During ovary removal surgery, there may be a risk of too much bleeding. This is usually fixed by blood transfusions. There could also be damage to the bladder or bowel. This happens in less than 1% of all cases.

Days or weeks after surgery, you may get an infection. Or you could get a hernia, which is a weakness in the muscle near the cut.

Ovary removal is usually considered safe. Remember that if your doctor advises you to have this surgery, it means the benefits outweigh the risks.

SOURCES:

Women’s Health.

Hall, J. , February 2006. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Mayo Clinic, “Tests and Procedures, Oophorectomy.”

University of Michigan.

Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE), “Surgical Removal of Ovaries and Tubes.”

NYU School of Medicine.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 11, 2018

SOURCES:

Women’s Health.

Hall, J. , February 2006. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Mayo Clinic, “Tests and Procedures, Oophorectomy.”

University of Michigan.

Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE), “Surgical Removal of Ovaries and Tubes.”

NYU School of Medicine.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 11, 2018

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