Oophorectomy and salpingectomy
Oophorectomy is a surgery to remove one or both your ovaries, while salpingectomy is a surgery to remove one or both your fallopian tubes.
What are oophorectomy and salpingectomy?
Oophorectomy is a surgery to remove one or both your ovaries.
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)
- 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.
Salpingectomy is a surgery to remove one or both your fallopian tubes.
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.
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.
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).
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.
If you wish to self-pay for your treatment, we offer a range of package options, including:
- Hospital packages that group standard diagnostics and the procedure into one clear price. Consultant fees, anaesthetist fees, and any other addition to your treatment are billed separately.
- Fixed price packages that group everything you may need for treatment into one clear price, including pre-admission tests, the procedure, professional fees, post-op outpatient care, and any other consultant-recommended services.
If you would like to enquire about a self-pay package, please call our dedicated team on +44 (0)20 7244 4886.
Hospital package from:
- £4,805 (day case)
- £5,525 (one night)
- £6,575 (two nights)
Indicative consultant fees from £1,000 – £1,200
- standard pre-admission tests, including electrocardiogram (ECG) and chest X-ray
- accommodation in a private en-suite room for up to two nights if needed
- all meals
- ward medications and dressings
- theatre procedure and anaesthetics
- standard histology tests (analysis of diseased tissue)
- inpatient physiotherapy, if needed, and surgical stockings
- post-op and discharge medication
- consultant consultation fee
- consultant procedure fee
- anaesthetist fee
- non-standard diagnostic and histology tests
- any additional costs not specified in the package inclusions
When enquiring about this package, please quote Q2230.
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