Sometimes they cannot see what the cysts has done to the ovary. If they are able to remove only the cyst they probably will do that. Otherwise, I'm sure your doctor will tell you there is a chance you will lose the ovary, too. If you still have your other ovary it will pick up the slack and your hormones should even out once it does that.
Write all your questions down for your doctor. Are you scheduled for surgery?
I would imagine if they think the ovary is healthy enough to leave, they'll leave what's left and just take the cyst. My Dr thinks my cyst is so big that there's no ovary left.
I agree with the ladies before me. They definitely try to save the ovary if that is your wish, but like Lori said, they really can't tell how much is healthy ovarian tissue vs tissue destroyed by the cyst until they actually get in there. Good luck and keep us posted. One ovary can take over the work of the other, so that is a good thing. I had both mine removed and doing remarkably well on estrogen replacement.
Laney, Silvara, Cirella
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