Types of surgery
The first thing to consider as you anticipate the recovery of a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy is why your ovaries and fallopian tubes were removed. Cancerous and non-cancerous conditions may require different incision techniques and may produce symptoms that affect your recovery and your long-term health in different ways.
The biggest impact on your immediate postoperative status, however, is the type of surgery you had and the type of incision, or incisions, in your doctor's abdomen. For example, you may have had one or more vertical incisions, which are made from top to bottom. These can be used to create an opening large enough to remove a large mass in the ovaries or to allow surgical treatment for some forms of cancer.
If you had surgery for bleeding or other benign condition and the ovaries were removed as part of a hysterectomy, the doctor may have made a horizontal incision, which is done from one side to the other. This is also the incision that is commonly made in Caesareans, a type of surgically assisted delivery procedure. Horizontal incisions usually do not cause as much pain during recovery as vertical incisions.
If your doctor made a series of small incisions, you had laparoscopic surgery. This procedure uses a small camera or laparoscope, to assist medical work within the opening limited to the internal organs. This method can be used to treat a number of conditions, including cancer, and is the easiest type of incision to recover from.
Considerations for recovery
Take it easy the first few days after surgery. Restrict your normal activities, but do not prolong bed rest. Pot in motion, is the best thing you can do to help you recover strength and physical condition. Follow all the guidelines indicated exactly. The pain should decrease every day.
Your recovery can be complicated by the symptoms of menopause, such as hot flushes, vaginal dryness and weight gain.Hormonal changes can also cause the loss of bone mass, which contributes to osteoporosis, or weakened bones. These effects may persist long after you recover from surgery and can have a significant impact on your life. Discuss these concerns with your gynecologist, who is an expert in anticipating and dealing with these problems.
Finally, if your oophorectomy was due to cancer, some additional complications can hinder your recovery. Make sure you talk to the doctor who performed the surgery on any concerns you may have. Recovering after any type of surgery is difficult and, sometimes, exhausting. Give yourself time to return to your normal lifestyle. Patience is the key to recovering your health.