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An oophorectomy, commonly referred to as ovary removal surgery, is a procedure carried out to remove one or both ovaries. At St John & Elizabeth Hospital, we’re dedicated to providing care that encompasses not only the physical aspects of this surgery but also the emotional and psychological support you may need.

Also known as: Ovary removal surgery

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Everything you need to know

Ovaries play a crucial role in the female reproductive system, not only in the process of ovulation but also as a source of hormones like estrogen and progesterone. The decision to undergo an oophorectomy may be influenced by several medical conditions, such as ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or as a preventive measure against genetic predispositions to breast or ovarian cancer.

If you’re considering or have been advised to undergo an oophorectomy, it’s natural to have questions and concerns. Here at St John & Elizabeth Hospital, we’re here to walk you through every step of the process, from your initial consultation through to your recovery and beyond.

Before Surgery

Preparation is key to a smooth surgery and recovery. Our multidisciplinary team, including your surgeon, nurses, and support staff, will guide you through the pre-operative assessments and preparations. This includes detailed discussions about your health history, the reasons for your surgery, and any potential risks and benefits.

We understand the importance of making informed decisions about your health. Therefore, we encourage you to ask questions and express any concerns during your pre-surgical consultations. Our goal is to ensure you feel supported, informed, and confident in your care plan.

During Surgery

Your comfort and safety are our top priorities during the oophorectomy procedure. Upon arrival at our hospital on the day of your surgery, our compassionate team will ensure you are fully prepared, both mentally and physically, for the procedure ahead.

Here’s what to expect:

  • Anaesthesia: Your surgical team will discuss the best type of anaesthesia for you, ensuring you experience no discomfort during the surgery. This may be general anesthesia, where you’ll be asleep throughout the procedure, or a regional anesthesia, depending on your specific case.
  • The Procedure: A small incision will be made, through which the surgeon will access and remove the ovary (or ovaries). The method of oophorectomy – laparoscopic or abdominal – will have been discussed prior to your surgery day. Each method has its benefits, and your surgical team will have chosen the most suitable approach for your situation.
  • Duration: The surgery typically lasts between one to two hours. Our state-of-the-art operating rooms and experienced surgical team ensure that your procedure is as efficient and effective as possible.

Throughout the procedure, our dedicated surgical team will monitor your vitals and wellbeing, utilising the latest technology to ensure the highest standards of care.

After Surgery

Following your oophorectomy, you will be taken to a recovery area where our nursing team will closely monitor your progress. Pain management and your comfort are our immediate concerns post-surgery.

Here’s what the recovery process involves:

  • Immediate Recovery: You may feel drowsy as the anaesthesia wears off. Our team will be on hand to manage any discomfort and to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible.
  • Hospital Stay: Depending on the type of surgery performed (laparoscopic or abdominal), your stay could range from one day to several days. Our team will make sure you have everything you need during your stay.
  • Going Home: Before you leave the hospital, we’ll provide detailed aftercare instructions, including how to care for your incision, signs of potential complications to watch out for, and any prescribed medications.
  • Follow-Up: A follow-up appointment will be scheduled to check your healing progress, discuss any concerns, and answer your questions. It’s crucial to attend these appointments to ensure a smooth recovery.
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How to pay for your treatment

If you’re… paying for yourself

Did you know you don’t need private medical insurance to come to St John & St Elizabeth Hospital? As a self-pay patient, you can access safe, outstanding quality health care at times to suit you.

For scans and tests, as well as to see most consultants, you’ll still need to be referred by a medical professional like your GP, but as a self-pay patient, the process is more straightforward. You won’t need authorisation from an insurance provider, and you’ll have greater choice of consultant and appointment times.

If you’re… insured

St John & St Elizabeth Hospital is approved by all major medical insurance companies. If you have a personal private health insurance policy, or your company provide it for you, you can use it to pay for your care from your initial consultation through to treatment, surgery and aftercare such as physiotherapy. Not all private health insurance plans cover the same things. It’s very important to check exactly what you are covered for with your insurance provider.



This initial consultation with our gynaecological specialists involves a thorough examination and discussion about your medical history, concerns, and the reasons for considering an oophorectomy. It’s a crucial step where we address your questions, evaluate your health, and consider any factors that might influence the surgery and your recovery.


Pre-Op Assessment

Depending on your situation, we may conduct additional tests or assessments to fully understand your condition. This could include blood tests, imaging studies, or genetic testing, especially if there’s a familial risk of ovarian or breast cancer. Our team provides full support and information throughout this process, ensuring you’re comfortable and well-informed about what to expect.


Treatment Plan

Following your diagnostics, we’ll discuss the findings and outline your treatment options. This could range from conservative monitoring to proceeding with the oophorectomy. Our priority is to provide you with all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your health care. Together, we’ll determine the best course of action tailored to your specific needs and preferences.


Preparation Guidance

Once you and your care team have decided to proceed with the oophorectomy, we’ll guide you through the preparation process. This includes any necessary medication adjustments, fasting instructions, and special care instructions to ensure you’re fully prepared for your surgery. We aim to ensure that you feel confident and ready for the next steps in your treatment journey.

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