Laparoscopic Ovarian Surgery


Dr Johnston has years of experience and has performed well over 500 hundred such surgeries. This keyhole surgical approach is considered the “gold standard” when cancer is not suspected. The type of surgery to the ovaries (see below) can be subdivided depending on the condition the woman is suffering from, the women’s fertility requirements, family history and the patient's wishes. This type of surgery can usually be done as a day procedure but may require an overnight stay. Most patients can return to work or normal lifestyle within 2 weeks and is cosmetically pleasing for women i.e leaves small scars on the tummy measuring approximately 1⁄2 to 1 cm in size.

Laparoscopic Ovarian Cystectomy

“Laparoscopic Ovarian Cystectomy” is a form of “keyhole surgery” where the Surgeon removes an cyst from within the ovary and preserves as much normal ovary as possible. Patients with ovarian cysts may present with pain or these can be completely asymptomatic often found coincidentally during other investigations. Preservation of the ovary avoids premature menopause and is of course important where future fertility is a consideration.

Salpingoophorectomy

“Salpingoophorectomy”(Laparoscopic removal of ovaries and fallopian tube/s). This procedure may be deemed necessary if there is chronic pain relating to severe ovarian disease or cysts. Some women opt for this once there family is complete or as a prophylactic(preventative) measure to prevent ovarian cancer/breast cancer if they have a strong family history of these conditions or are carriers of cancer genes (oncogenes), particularly BRCA1/2. It is sometimes performed as a last resort to premenstrual syndrome(PMS).