Oophorectomy may be performed for:

  • A tubo-ovarian abscess — a pus-filled pocket involving a fallopian tube and an ovary
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Endometriosis
  • Noncancerous (benign) ovarian tumors or cysts
  • Reducing the risk of ovarian cancer or breast cancer in women at increased risk
  • Ovarian torsion — the twisting of an ovary

Oophorectomy combined with other procedures

Oophorectomy can be performed with other surgical procedures, including surgery to remove the uterus (hysterectomy). In women with an increased risk of ovarian cancer, oophorectomy is often combined with surgery to remove the fallopian tubes in a procedure called salpingo-oophorectomy.

Apr. 16, 2011