Learning that you need to have your ovarian cysts removed can be a very daunting situation for a woman. In most cases, there is no need to remove an ovarian cyst especially if it’s small or does not exhibit any symptoms. However, if the doctor advises you to have them removed surgically then it probably means that your ovarian cyst may be too big or can be harmful for your health. In times like this, you need not just medical advice from your doctor. This may be the right time to lean on your family and friends for support in this ordeal. Another thing that can also help is by learning as much as possible as you can about the situation and introduce some changes to your lifestyle before and after you undergo ovarian cyst removal.
PK Women’s Clinic is a speciality clinic in Singapore that’s aimed mostly to women’s health and well-being. One of the services they offer their clients is guiding and preparing them for medical procedures such as when they need to have an ovarian cyst removed. The clinic has prepared the following guide to help women adjust their lifestyle to prepare them physically and mentally before the ovarian cyst removal. Some aftercare tips are provided as well to help in the recovery.
How to Prepare Yourself Before You Undergo Ovarian Cyst Removal
Once you learn that you need to have your ovarian cyst removed, you must make yourself ready and be prepared for when the time for the operation comes. The following are things you should do before an ovarian cyst removal:
- A week or more before the surgery, you must inform your doctor or clinic about the list of medicines that you currently take. If you can, bring your medicine bottles so that your doctor has all the information he/she needs about the drug. You should also tell your doctor if you have any allergies, especially to certain medications. This information will help a lot to avoid encountering any complications during the surgery such as allergies and infection. Also, inform your doctor if you take any herbal and food supplements.
- Make sure that you’ve undergone all the medical and laboratory tests that are requested from you by the doctor or clinic. These include blood tests, ultrasound tests, CT scans and MRI. Imaging tests such as ultrasound will help the doctor in determining the location of your ovarian cyst during the surgery.
- You may be asked by your doctor to stop taking some medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, warfarin, naproxen and other blood-thinning drugs.
- Ask about which medications you should take on the day of the surgery.
- Inform your doctor if you have any medical conditions, such as bleeding disorders.
- Stop smoking for at least a week before the surgery. Doing this will help speed up your recovery.
- Do not eat or drink anything for at least 8 hours before the surgery.
- Bring someone to assist you in the day of the surgery. You will be put in general anaesthesia, so that person will have to accompany or drive you from the clinic or hospital after the surgery.
- It’s best to arrive at the clinic or hospital at least two hours before the surgery. This will help you in preparing yourself mentally about what’s to happen. It will also help you calm down during a stressful situation.
What to Do After the Ovarian Cyst Removal
After you’ve undergone ovarian cyst removal surgery it doesn’t mean that the ordeal is already over. You will still have to recover, and it is very important that few to no setbacks happen during this healing period. To help accelerate recovery and other aftercare tips, take note of the following things after ovarian cyst removal:
- You will most likely be allowed to go back home the same day of the procedure. Make sure that you have someone to assist or drive you back home. In rare cases, you may be asked to stay overnight if the surgery was more complicated than expected or if there are any complications from the surgery.
- Don’t be alarmed if there is some soreness around the surgical site. This is normal and may persist up to two days after surgery. If the soreness doesn’t go away after a week, you may need to meet your doctor again to address the complication.
- The recovery period for ovarian cyst removal is very quick, lasting for just a few days after surgery.
- If you can, take short walks around your house as it can help in recovery.
- Avoid doing any strenuous activities such as lifting heavy objects or playing sports. Doing this will ensure that your body is spending most of its resources and energy in healing and recovery.
- Also, avoid engaging in sexual intercourse after the surgery until your doctor tells you its OK.
PK Women’s Specialist Clinic
2,Tai Thong Crescent, #01-12,
The Venue Shoppes., Singapore 347836
+65 6636 9909