DO OVARIAN CYSTS REQUIRE A VISIT TO THE HOSPITAL FOR A CYSTECTOMY?

While most ovarian cysts would go away on their own, some requires surgical removal. This surgery is called a Cystectomy. In Nigeria, and in most countries ovarian cysts are a common cause of hospital admissions for females.

An ovarian cyst is a fluid filled sac that forms on the surface of an ovary. It is usually non-cancerous. There are often no signs and symptoms presented by an ovarian cyst although some of them may cause pain and bleeding. Frequent visits to your gynecologist can significantly improve the chances of discovering a cyst early.

A cystectomy is performed in order to remove a more serious case of ovarian cyst. This procedure may be done via a Laparoscopy (keyhole surgery) or open surgery. it is mostly a minor surgery.

Ovarian cysts affect women of every age but older women are more likely to develop it. Family history of cancer, previous history of breast cancer and obesity also increases the risk of a female developing cysts.

Surgery may be needed to remove a cyst if;

  • The cyst does not go away after several menstrual periods
  • The cyst gets larger
  • The cyst has been causing pain.

Ovarian cysts can be caused by; hormonal problems, pregnancy and severe pelvic infections. Cysts formed during pregnancy are typically harmless. They will be monitored constantly by your gynecologist.

WHY YOU NEED A HYSTEROSCOPY

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), recommends that girls have their first gynecology exam when they are between the ages of 13 and 15. However, most Nigerian females have their first gynecology exam during their first pregnancy. This sheds light on the amount of neglect the gynecology field in Nigeria faces. A hysteroscopy is one of many gynecological procedures every female should undergo.

WHAT IS A HYSTEROSCOPY?

Hysteroscopy is a form of minimal invasive surgery. It is a procedure that allows a gynecologist see inside the female’s uterus in order to diagnose and treat different problems.

A tiny telescope, called a hysteroscope , is inserted through the cervix into the uterus. The hysteroscope allows the surgeon to visualize the inside of the uterine cavity on a video monitor.

Why do you need to go for a hysteroscopy?

A hysteroscopy can be performed to investigate problems such as

  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Postmenopausal bleeding
  • Pelvic pains
  • Repeated miscarriages
  • Difficulty getting pregnant.

In 2017, the maiden edition of the Global Congress on Hysteroscopy took place in Spain. A group of world experts in the field of gynecology came together to discuss hysteroscopy. They deemed the procedure important enough to hold a congress about it, a congress that is now being held every two years!

Dr. Okohue Jude, an expert Obstetrician/Gynecologist, a minimal access surgeon and fertility expert, who was the West African Sub-region representative at the maiden edition of the Global Congress on Hysteroscopy, stated that Hysteroscopy should be a routine office procedure. Also a three year project conducted by Research-gate between January 2003 and December 2005 concluded that, Hysteroscopy is a valuable tool in the assessment of the uterine cavity.

This just goes to prove that a hysteroscopy is very important, which is why at EL-RAPHA Hospitals and Diagnostics, with the latest in medical equipments and a host of experienced doctors and nurses, we offer a host of gynecological services including hysteroscopy.