Oophorectomy and salpingectomy

Oophorectomy is a surgery to remove one or both your ovaries. Salpingectomy is a surgery to remove one or both your fallopian tubes. These surgical procedures can be used to treat various conditions affecting the reproductive system, including ovarian cancer, endometriosis or an ectopic pregnancy. 

Who is suitable for an oophorectomy and salpingectomy?

Your gynaecologist may recommend an oophorectomy as a treatment for various conditions affecting the reproductive system, usually where other treatments have not worked. These conditions include: 

  • Ovarian cancer (or to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer in women at high risk) 
  • Endometriosis – when the cells that usually line your womb also grow outside it 
  • Non-cancerous ovarian tumours or cysts. 

 If you are having both of your ovaries removed, you will no longer have periods, and will experience a menopause. As the procedure is irreversible, your consultant will discuss your treatment options with you, giving you plenty of time to think about what is best for you. 

Your gynaecologist may recommend a salpingectomy for a range of reasons, including an ectopic pregnancy. They may also suggest the procedure to reduce your risk of ovarian cancer.     

The two procedures can be done at the same time. This is called a salpingectomy-oophorectomy.  

What does an oophorectomy and salpingectomy involve? ​

An oophorectomy and salpingectomy usually take between 30-90 minutes. During the operation, you will be under a general or local anaesthetic. The procedures can be carried out in two ways: 

  • Abdominal (or laparotomy) – your gynaecologist will make a vertical or horizontal incision in your abdomen and remove the fallopian tubes and ovaries through it 
  • Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery(or keyhole surgery) – your gynaecologist will make a few small incisions in your abdomen and remove the fallopian tubes and ovaries using a laparoscope, a thin tube-like instrument fitted with a light and camera.   

What can you do to prepare for an oophorectomy and salpingectomy?

Your gynaecologist or specialist nurse will discuss with you how you can prepare. You may be advised to stop eating and drinking for a few hours before the procedure, if you are having a general anaesthetic.     

What is the recovery period?

Depending on your operation, you may be able to go home on the same day. However, most patients will spend up to two nights in hospital. If you have had abdominal surgery, it might take up to a month before you can return to your normal activities. If you have had laparoscopic surgery, it might only take two weeks to recover. You may experience some minor bleeding and bruising around the incision/s.   

Self-pay package

As well as working with all major insurance companies, we also welcome patients who wish to pay for themselves.

Below is an outline of our self-pay hospital package which includes tests, hospital stay and procedure. Please note: it does not include consultant fees, which may vary.   

Hospital package from £4,805 (day case), £5,525 (one night), £6,575 (two nights) 

Indicative consultant fees from £1,000- £1,200 

When enquiring about this package, please quote Q2230.

  • Standard pre-admission tests, including electrocardiogram (ECG) and chest X-ray 
  • Accommodation in a private en-suite room for up to two nights  
  • All meals  
  • Nursing 
  • Ward medications and dressings 
  • Theatre procedure and anesthetics 
  • Inpatient physiotherapy, if needed, and surgical stockings 
  • Post-op and discharge medication 
  • Consultant consultation fee  
  • Consultant procedure fee  
  • Anesthetist fee 
  • Non-standard diagnostic and histology tests 
  • Laparoscopic (key hole) procedures will cost an additional £870  
  • Any additional costs not specified in the package inclusions  


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