What is the procedure for a 15cm ovarian cyst?

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I was diagnosed with a 15cm ovarian cyst unde a week ago and don't have an appointment with the gynechologist until 2 weeks where I was referred urgently as the nurse who took the scan said it was large. When I was 16 I had a cyst on my ovaries and had to have the operation like a cesarean section. I've been having nightmares about it since I found out I had another cyst but think it's just because I'm over thinking what type of operation I will be having? Anyone that has had a 15cm ovarian cyst please could you share what type of removal you had?

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    9cm complex (dermoid) cyst,

    laparoscopic removal,

    fluid drained inside, rest pulled through cut at belly button.

    Rest of ovary stitched up and left.

    Drainage to operation site layed for one day to make sure of draining bleeding and see amount. Pulled (painfree) next day.

    Was easy in my case.

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    I had a 26cm ovarian cyst removed a little over two weeks ago - so I can share my experience.

    I went for a general check up with my GP and they felt like "one of my organs was enlarged" upon feeling my abdomen. They sent me for an ultrasound the next morning, which revealed I had a large cystic mass (over 24cm) in my abdomen/pelvis. They then sent me for a CT scan a few hours later. I spent the weekend researching what it could be and I assumed it was likely an ovarian cyst. My GP called me with the results and said that I had a 26cm by 13.5 cm by 29 cm cyst appearing to come off my right ovary. They marked my case as urgent and referred me to a Gyno Oncologist Surgeron at a top medical hospital. I requested this surgeron specifically as they were going to refer me to a regular gyno - I would recommend asking for a Gyno Oncoligst Surgeron as they are specialists.

    I got an consult two days later and met with my surgeron. Went over everything and said I would be having a laparotomy (open surgery) versus laparoscopic surgery (keyhole surgery) due to size as there was no room in my abdomen to stick a camera. The cyst was presumed fluid-filled and benign by the CT scan which was later confirmed by a biopsy. They thought I might lose my right ovary and fallopian tube which is another reason they were going to do laparotomy. With your size, I think they could still do keyhole but it would depend on several factors. They also took blood to test tor tumor markers etc and to make sure I was a good candidate for surgery.

    I had my surgery scheduled 12 days later and was in the hospital for 2 and a half days. My surgeron was able to save all my organs and take the cyst out through a measly 3 inch incision on my bikini line as opposed to a larger incision from my bellybutton to pelvic bone that they originally thought would have to be done. My surgeron said it was as close to keyhole surgery as she could have done. I am essentially pain free 16 days later but everybody heals differently. I lost 6 litres of liquid and 13 poinds, trust me, you'll be much happier when it's out!

    My advise would be to do your research for surgerons and find a surgeron who's plan you feel comfortable with. My incision was so small despite how massive my cyst was and I am so thankful for the work my surgeron did, I will barely have a scar because of it. Keyhole surgery has a much faster recovery time for most people.

    Good luck!

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      Hi justfromerica,

      I am sitting in my car reading your post. I just left my gyno and got the news that I have a 26 cm cyst. I am so scared. I feel so alone right now. I don't know how to cope with this. I'm 33 years old, never had a surgery in my life. She said the best options for me is laparoscopic due to the size of the cyst. She wants to schedule surgery asap but I am really scared I told her I needed to think about it. Was wondering how you dealt with the whole situation? Also, did they drain the cyst and than take it out or were they able to take it out through that small incision? My other concern is that I am really overweight and that makes things even more serious. I'm just so scared right now.

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      Hi Yaz, you've come onto an old thread. Maybe if you started a new one you will get some replies. Surgery for your size cyst is the best option. I can't really help with whether they will drain it first, you will have to ask your surgeon that question as it depends on what type of cyst it is. You could try to lose some weight first, I did that, just a few pounds would help. Best wishes and try not to worry, the surgery is very straight forward and a fairly quick recovery. Pollyanna UK rolleyes

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      Hi Hun,

      Important thing... Don't worry!

      My cyst crew to around about 30cm and whilst I was on a work trip in another country my cyst burst. Honestly if your gynaecologist is advising to do the surgery soon go for for it! I wish I got the option to have mine taken out sooner however they left left and left me until eventually it turned out for the worst. I've had this operation twice first time when I was just turning 16 and the next when I was alone in another country where nobody spoke English (that's when I felt most alone) both times I had to have laparoscopic mine personally is pretty big goes from one side to other like a c-section cut. But hey I'm here it could have been worse. Honestly just listen to your gynaecologist she's trained in the job and knows what's best for you! Hope everything works out okay for you. Sending lots of healing thoughts ??

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    I had 2 10cm ones removed 9 weeks ago by laparotomy. The scar looks like a c section and it quite big, it required 19 staples. As long as you are happy with the dr then try to not stress too much in the lead up. I know this is hard! The removal depends on a case by case basis, my surgeon was more comfortable doing it in this manner because there was a large one on each side, and they were 'complex masses' and not just fluid. Discuss the risk of complications with the surgeon. I unfortunately had a complication and hadn't previously Discussed complications at all with mine, so was very shocked when I required another surgery and for the entire wound to be re-opened. Good luck with it xox

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    I have a cyst as well and am scared about recovery. Mines is also 15cm so I'm hoping it's not too crazy. Good luck 😊

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