Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs or pockets in an ovary or on its surface. Women have two ovaries — each about the size and shape of an almond — on each side of the uterus. Ovarian cysts are very common. They often occur during ovulation. This is when the ovary releases an egg each month. There are various types of ovarian cysts, such as functional cysts (most common), dermoid cysts and endometrioma cysts. However, ovarian cysts, especially those that have ruptured can cause serious symptoms. To protect your health, get regular pelvic exams and know the symptoms that can signal a potentially serious problem.
Often, functional cysts do not cause any symptoms. You may have one and not know it. Other times they can cause symptoms, including:
A sharp or dull pain in the lower abdomen, usually on one side Bloating
Nausea and vomiting
Feeling full after eating a small amount
Seek immediate medical help if you have:
Sudden, severe abdominal or pelvic pain
Pain with fever or vomiting
If you have these signs and symptoms or those of shock — cold, clammy skin; rapid breathing; and lightheadedness or weakness — visit your gynaecologist immediately.
At FirstCure Health, our doctors will feel a cyst during a pelvic exam. If you have a cyst, we can do two things. One is to wait and watch to see if the cyst changes or starts causing symptoms. The other is to order tests to help plan treatment. What they choose to do depends on several factors. These include your age and if you’re having symptoms.
The doctor may want you to have a sonogram (ultrasound) to look at the cyst. With a sonogram, the doctor can see the size, shape, and location of the cyst as well as if it is solid or filled with fluid.
The order may also prescribe other tests. These could include:
CT scan: It is used to create cross-sectional images of internal organs
MRI: It is used to produce in-depth images of internal organs
Blood tests to check the blood count as ovarian cysts could be a result of the patient being anemic.
A pregnancy test to rule out pregnancy as the cause of the cyst.
Hormone level tests to see if you have problems with your hormones.
A CA-125 blood test to measure the amount of cancer-antigen 125 in your blood. If you are past menopause, our doctors may order this test to see if your cyst could be cancerous.
The treatment for ovarian cysts depends on your age, whether you are having periods, the size of the cyst, its appearance and your symptoms. Functional cysts normally shrink on their own over time, usually in about 1 to 3 months. If you have a functional cyst, we will want to check you again in 1 to 3 months to check on the status of the cyst. If you develop functional cysts often, the doctor may prescribe some oral medications so that you don’t form functional cysts.
Surgery is an option if the cyst:
Doesn’t go away after continued medication
Looks unusual on the sonogram
There are 2 main ways surgery can be done on an ovarian cyst:
If your cyst is small and it looks benign on the sonogram the doctor may decide to perform a laparoscopy to surgically remove the cyst. This procedure is done with a lighted instrument called a laparoscope that’s like a slender telescope. Often the cyst can be removed through small incisions at the pubic hair line.
If the cyst looks big with a laparoscope or it looks suspicious in any way, the doctor will probably do a laparotomy. This surgery uses a bigger cut to remove the cyst. The cyst is then tested for cancer. If it is cancerous, there is a need to have the ovary and other tissues removed. This could include the fallopian tubes, the other ovary, or the uterus. It’s important to speak with your doctor about all of this before that surgery.
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FirstCure Counsellor will discuss and understand your condition and help you in planning your OPD and will connect you with the best surgeon based on your needs. Basis the Consultation with the surgeon, our Counsellor will guide you in choosing the best treatment option, package and hospital.
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