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Related to salpingo-oophorectomy: endometriosis, hysteroscopy, total abdominal hysterectomy




The surgical removal of a fallopian tube and an ovary.


This surgery is performed to treat ovarian or other gynecological cancers, or infections as a result of pelvic inflammatory disease. Occasionally, removal of one or both ovaries may be done to treat endometriosis. If only one tube and ovary are removed, the woman may still be able to conceive and carry a pregnancy to term.


If the procedure is performed through a laparoscope, the surgeon can avoid a large abdominal incision and can shorten recovery. With this technique, the surgeon makes a small cut through the abdominal wall just below the navel. When the laparoscope is used, the patient can be given either regional or general anesthesia; if there are no complications, the patient can leave the hospital in a day or two.
If a laparoscope is not used, the surgery involves an incision 4-6 in (10-long into the abdomen either extending vertically up from the pubic bone toward the navel, or horizontally (the "bikini incision") across the pubic hairline. The scar from a bikini incision is less noticeable, but some surgeons prefer the vertical incision because it provides greater visibility while operating.


A spinal block or general anesthesia may be given before surgery.


If performed through an abdominal incision, salpingo-oophorectomy is major surgery that requires three to six weeks for full recovery. However, if performed laparascopically, the recovery time can be much shorter. There may be some discomfort around the incision for the first few days after surgery, but most women are walking around by the third day. Within a month or so, patients can gradually resume normal activities such as driving, exercising, and working.
Immediately following the operation, the patient should avoid sharply flexing the thighs or the knees. Persistent back pain or bloody or scanty urine indicates that a ureter may have been injured during surgery.
If both ovaries are removed in a premenopausal woman as part of the operation, the sudden loss of estrogen will trigger an abrupt premature menopause that may involve severe symptoms of hot flashes, vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, and loss of sex drive. (This is also called "surgical menopause.") In addition to these symptoms, women who lose both ovaries also lose the protection these hormones provide against heart disease and osteoporosis many years earlier than if they had experienced natural menopause. Women who have had their ovaries removed are seven times more likely to develop coronary heart disease and much more likely to develop bone problems at an early age than are premenopausal women whose ovaries are intact.
For these reasons, some form of estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) may be prescribed to relieve the symptoms of surgical menopause and to help prevent heart and bone disease.
In addition, to help offset the higher risks of heart and bone disease after loss of the ovaries, women should get plenty of exercise, maintain a low-fat diet, and ensure intake of calcium is adequate.
Reaction to the removal of fallopian tubes and ovaries depends on a wide variety of factors, including the woman's age, the condition that required the surgery, her reproductive history, how much social support she has, and any previous history of depression. Women who have had many gynecological surgeries or chronic pelvic pain seem to have a higher tendency to develop psychological problems after the surgery.


Major surgery always involves some risk, including infection, reactions to the anesthesia, hemorrhage, and scars at the incision site. Almost all pelvic surgery causes some internal scars, which, in some cases, can cause discomfort years after surgery.

Key terms

Androgens — Hormones (specifically testosterone) responsible for male sex characteristics.
Endometriosis — A painful disease in which cells from the lining of the uterus (endometrium) aren't shed during menstruation, but instead attach themselves to other organs in the pelvic cavity. The condition is hard to diagnose and often causes severe pain as well as infertility.
Fallopian tubes — Tubes that extend from either end of the uterus that convey the egg from the ovary to the uterus during each monthly cycle.
Ureter — The tube that carries urine from the bladder to the kidneys.



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Removal of the ovary and its uterine tube.


/sal·pin·go-ooph·o·rec·to·my/ (sal-ping″go-o-of″ah-rek´tah-me) excision of a uterine tube and ovary.


n. pl. salpingo-oophorecto·mies
Surgical removal of an ovary and its fallopian tube.


the surgical removal of a fallopian tube and an ovary.
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Gynecology Surgical excision of a fallopian tube and attached ovary


Removal of the ovary and its uterine tube.


Surgical removal of one or both of the Fallopian tubes and one or both ovaries.


excision of a uterine tube and ovary.
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Nearly 60% of women who have a BRCAl or BRCA2 mutation will elect to undergo risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy between the ages of 35 and 40 years (Open Med.
Mortality after bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy in ESRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers.
The patient subsequently underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy.
Prophylactic salpingo-oophorectomy had no impact upon the sexual relationship.
Researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City found that genetically at-risk women who underwent the procedure, called salpingo-oophorectomy, decreased their probability of developing cancer by 75%.
ORLANDO -- At the time of benign hysterectomy, 44% of premenopausal women underwent bilateral oophorectomy or salpingo-oophorectomy although approximately half of these procedures were performed in women with histologically normal ovaries, according to data presented at the annual scientific meeting of the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons.
Many have reported total abdominal hysterectomy with or without salpingo-oophorectomy for giant uterine fibroids (1, 2, 6).
A BRCAl mutation was found in a woman with no family history of breast or ovarian cancer, and she subsequently underwent prophylactic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy.
Risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy (RRSO) is strongly recommended for women carrying BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, since it results in marked reduction in the risk of subsequent ovarian, fallopian tube, and primary peritoneal cancer.
Total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy were performed together with intraoperative frozen section procedure.
8 /PRNewswire/ -- The world's first 12mm AirSeal single incision laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy was performed today at Mt.
Based upon these findings, the patient underwent laparotomy for tumor resection and unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy.