Treating Ovarian Cysts
An ovarian cyst is a 2 cm or larger accumulation of fluid within an ovary that is surrounded by a very thin lining. These cysts can range from the size of a pea to larger than an orange. Ovarian cysts cause pain and bleeding and, in cases of an enlarged cyst, it can even protrude the woman’s abdomen.
Types of Ovarian Cysts
There are two main categories of ovarian cysts: Functional and Pathological Ovarian Cysts.
- Functional Ovarian Cysts. These are very common and harmless cysts that form a part of the woman’s normal menstrual cycle and are short-lived.
- Pathological Ovarian Cysts. These cysts grow and are deeply implanted within one or both ovaries resulting in a dark, fluid-filled cavity or cyst formed known as endometrioma.
The final diagnosis must be clinically based upon a microscopic histologic examination of the actual cyst. Dr. George Kofinas recommends that ovarian cysts be surgically removed because these abnormalities will:
- Cause a woman to be infertile
- Complicate a woman’s treatment for infertility
- Decrease a woman’s ovarian function
- Cause a woman to experience pelvic pain
- Increase a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer
Treatment of Ovarian Cysts
Dr. George Kofinas specializes in the surgical treatment of ovarian cysts to preserve a woman’s fertility. Ovarian cysts can be treated through Laparoscopic Surgery.
- Two small incisions are made in the lower abdomen and one in the belly button
- Carbon Dioxide (C02) is used to raise the wall of the abdomen away from the reproductive organs in order for the doctor to view the ovaries.
- A laparoscope – small tube-shaped instrument with a light – is inserted into the abdomen.
- The doctor views the ovaries through the laparoscope and is able to remove or take a biopsy of the cyst.
According to Dr. Kofinas:
- It is futile to treat the ovarian cyst simply through drainage because doing so results in only a temporary measure with treatment that only alleviates the cause of infertility for one month.
- Treatment by fulguration – or the burning of an endometrioma – is an ill conceived approach to the treatment of endometriomas as this treatment invariably destroy tens of thousands of viable eggs.
Leading Medical Provider for the Treatment of Ovarian Cysts
As a medical provider for the treatment of ovarian cysts for over 30 years, Dr. George Kofinas has successfully treated thousands of women for ovarian cysts.
Dr. Kofinas is:
- Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
- A Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- A Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
If you want to know more about how ovarian cyst can be preventing you from getting pregnant, Dr. George Kofinas invites you to schedule a consultation with him.