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Many ovarian cysts disappear without treatment. Depending on the type, it can take between six months and several years for an ovarian cyst to go. If you’re not having treatment, you’ll be asked to have regular ultrasound scans to check the cyst.
You can find out more in our section: What are the alternatives to ovarian cyst removal?
If you’ve had a laparoscopy, you’ll probably be able to go back to work two or three weeks after the operation. If you feel well, and your job isn’t physically demanding, you may be able to start back part-time before that. Recovery from open surgery takes longer.
For more information, see our section: Recovering from ovarian cyst removal.
Whether or not you’ll need surgery will depend on several things, including the size of the cyst and if it’s growing. You may be offered surgery to remove simple cysts bigger than 7 centimetres across. If you have symptoms or you’re unwell or if there is a chance it may be cancer, your doctor will also recommend surgery.
You can find out more about this in our section: About ovarian cyst removal.
Ovarian cysts are usually removed by keyhole surgery as a day-case procedure. This means you usually go home on the same day, although you might need to stay overnight. In some situations, you may need to have open surgery. This is when a single, larger cut is made and recovery from that will take longer.
For more information, see our section: What happens during ovarian cyst removal?
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