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Ovarian cysts are common and normally don’t cause any problems. However, if they rupture unexpectedly, you may experience extreme pain and be at risk for internal bleeding. Faina Akselrod, MD, FACOG, FACS, and Genia Bekker, MD, FACOG, FACS, at Advanced Gynecology & Surgery in Brooklyn, and serving women from around New York City’s five boroughs, are women’s health experts who can provide medical management of your ovarian cyst to ease your mind and prevent complications. If you have concerns about ovarian cysts, call the Sheepshead Bay office today or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.
Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that form on or near one of your ovaries. They’re very common and usually don’t cause any health issues, and they go away without treatment.
There are several types of ovarian cysts:
Teratoma and cystadenoma cysts can be large and affect the positioning of your ovary. They may also cause the ovary to become twisted, which may affect blood flow to your ovary.
You may or may not experience any symptoms with an ovarian cyst, and the cyst might come and go without you even knowing. However, if your cyst is large, you may experience:
You may be more at risk of developing ovarian cysts if you’re taking fertility medication, are pregnant, or have had ovarian cysts in the past.
Your OB/GYN at Advanced Gynecology & Surgery may find an ovarian cyst during your routine pelvic exam. To confirm a diagnosis, she may recommend a pelvic ultrasound, which is a noninvasive test that uses sound wave technology to generate images of your ovaries.
Your OB/GYN may also order a blood test to rule out cancer, although in rare cases, ovarian cysts prove cancerous.
If Dr. Akselrod or Dr. Bekker finds an ovarian cyst during your pelvic exam, many times they may simply take a wait-and-see approach. However, if your cyst is large or causing other symptoms, surgery may be recommended to remove the cyst.
A cystectomy is usually performed as a laparoscopic procedure, which requires only a few very small incisions for a faster recovery. In some cases, the ovary may also need to be removed during the surgery.
For expert management of your health, call Advanced Gynecology & Surgery to schedule an appointment, or use the online booking tool.