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Oophorectomy (ovary removal surgery)

Oophorectomy (ovary removal surgery) can involve removing ovarian cysts or cancerous ovaries, and treating endometriosis.

Why come to BMI Healthcare for an oophorectomy?

An oophorectomy is often performed to:

  • Remove an ovarian cyst which is causing pain, lethargy, bloating or bladder issues
  • Remove cancerous ovaries
  • Remove the ovaries of women who are at a high risk of developing ovarian cancer
  • Treat issues such as endometriosis

By choosing to have your oophorectomy at a BMI Healthcare hospital, you’ll benefit from:

  • Access to a consultant, often within 24 hours
  • Dedicated clinical care from a multi-disciplinary team
  • Flexible payment plans for self-pay patients
  • Easy access to treatment for those with private medical insurance

BMI Healthcare has 59 locations across England and Scotland, you can find your nearest hospital here.

How much does an oophorectomy cost?

The cost of an oophorectomy varies depending on the specific procedure required, as well as the consultant. Prices can also vary by hospital.

To learn more about the cost of having an oophorectomy at a BMI hospital, you can make an enquiry or call us on 0808 101 0337.

What is an oophorectomy?

An oophorectomy is the surgical removal of the ovaries. It is often performed as part of a hysterectomy, but may be carried out alone. During an oophorectomy, you’ll be anaesthetised and will not be awake throughout the surgery.

An oophorectomy is commonly performed in one of two ways:


The surgeon will make an incision in your lower abdomen in order to access your ovaries. Each ovary will be separated from the surrounding tissue as well as nerve connections and blood supplies.

Laparoscopic oophorectomy

Otherwise known as “keyhole surgery”, the surgeon will make a number of small incisions. A tiny camera will be inserted into one incision, which will be used to guide the surgical tools. Each ovary will be removed through one of the small incisions.

How to prepare for surgery

In preparation for your procedure, your consultant may ask you to:

  • Stop eating the day before surgery and limit your fluid intake
  • Stop taking medications that could interact with drugs used during the procedure
  • Drink a medical solution to clear your intestinal tract
  • Have medical imaging tests to help plan the surgery

Oophorectomy recovery times

Recovery time depends on the type of procedure that is performed and the overall health of the patient. Your consultant will advise on your recovery times.  

Bilateral Oophorectomy & Premature Menopause

During a bilateral oophorectomy, both ovaries are removed. After a bilateral oophorectomy you will experience the immediate and irreversible onset of menopause. This can be successfully managed with hormone replacement therapy (HRT) 

Your consultant will discuss treatment options with you beforehand and can assist in referring you to an HRT specialist.

Fertility and oophorectomy

If you wish to have children following an oophorectomy, it is important that you discuss this with your consultant before the procedure. For some conditions, only one ovary needs to be removed. The remaining ovary may allow you to continue having periods and conceive naturally.

If you have undergone a bilateral oophorectomy but still have a healthy uterus, you may be able to conceive with reproductive treatment. You can consult with a fertility specialist to review your options.

Specialists offering Oophorectomy (ovary removal surgery)

Mr Tunde Dada

Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician


BMI The Chiltern Hospital 2 more BMI The Saxon Clinic BMI The Shelburne Hospital

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Ms Sucheta Iyengar

Consultant Gynaecologist


BMI The Chiltern Hospital

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Mr Alasdair Gordon

Consultant Gynaecologist


BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital 4 more BMI The Princess Margaret Hospital BMI Syon Clinic BMI The Chiltern Hospital BMI The Shelburne Hospital

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Prof Ronald Lamont

Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetricians


BMI The Chiltern Hospital

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