Is Salpingo Oophorectomy Considered Major Surgery?

Reviewed on 11/5/2020
Laparoscopic salpingo-oophorectomy takes less time for recovery.
Laparoscopic salpingo-oophorectomy takes less time for recovery.

Salpingo-oophorectomy is a procedure to remove the fallopian tube (salpingectomy) and ovaries (oophorectomy), which are the female organs of reproduction. Since it requires anesthesia, overnight hospital stay, and removal of body parts, it is classified as major surgery.

It requires 3-6 weeks to heal completely. Laparoscopic salpingo-oophorectomy takes less time for recovery. Some discomfort may persist around the incision for a few days, but most women may start walking by the third day. Women can gradually resume their normal activities, such as driving, exercising, and working within 6 weeks after the doctor’s advice. Women can expect the following things after the surgery:

Major surgery isn’t devoid of risks. The possible complications of salpingo-oophorectomy include:

What is salpingo-oophorectomy?

Salpingo-oophorectomy is a procedure to remove the fallopian tube (salpingectomy) and ovaries (oophorectomy). If one set of fallopian tubes and ovary is removed, it is known as a unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. If both sets of fallopian tubes and ovaries are removed, it is known as a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy.

After the surgery, women may stop menstruating and experience sudden premature menopause. Bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy may also lead to permanent infertility.

Why is salpingo-oophorectomy performed?

Salpingo-oophorectomy is performed in the following conditions:

How is salpingo-oophorectomy performed?

Salpingo-oophorectomy is performed under general (or rarely regional) anesthesia. The physician makes a cut about 10-15 cm long into the abdominal wall either vertically (extending from pubic bone to the navel) or horizontally (across the pubic hairline). After entering the abdomen, the physician explores the abdomen and pelvis. Using an instrument, the physician retracts the bowel to expose the pelvis.

The physician identifies the ovaries and the fallopian tubes and detaches them. The physician sidelines the ureters as they lie near the ovaries. This procedure is more painful than the laparoscopic one and the healing period is longer. Salpingo-oophorectomy can also be performed with the help of a laparoscope to avoid large abdominal incision and shorten recovery time.

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References
https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1894587-overview#a3

https://www.surgeryencyclopedia.com/Pa-St/Salpingo-Oophorectomy.html

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