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Giant Ovarian Cyst

15-year-old benefits from advanced laparoscopy surgery for removal of one of the largest GIANT cysts (40cm) in the world!

Caution: This article contains some sensitive pictures.

17th January 2019.

One of the largest ovarian cysts was diagnosed and operated laparoscopically at Wellkin Hospital recently.

The 15-year-old patient came with a complaint of distended abdomen (belly that was abnormally big, almost like 36 weeks pregnant woman! ( refer to picture above) ).CT scan performed detected abnormally large ovarian cyst measuring 40cm x 23cm x 18cm which was pressing against the patient’s chest and other organs. The only complaint was a sense of fullness in her abdomen and occasional constipation.  There were no urinary symptoms, shortness of breath, or menstrual disturbance.

This GIANT ovarian cyst was removed through a laparoscopic surgery (i.e. only small incision) by Dr. Farhad Aumeer (Obstetrician, Gynaecologist and Laparoscopic Surgeon, Wellkin Hospital).

Giant ovarian cysts are very rare, and, in many cases, treatment usually is full mid-line laparotomy (i.e. open abdominal surgery).

‘This is a very rare case of giant ovarian cyst being removed in one piece through small incision by laparoscopy’ said Dr Aumeer.

According to the medical literature, the biggest cysts removed range between 30cm to 38cm in medical journals. Therefore this is one among the extremely large ovarian cysts removed.

It is an extraordinary achievement that the 40cm large cyst was removed completely and the contents did not split at all (refer to picture below). The surgery was a success and the parents were very happy.

The young girl has minimal scar which is aesthetically better and comfortable instead of having a C-Section like scar. Post-surgery, laparoscopic evaluation confirmed her normal uterus, fallopian tubes, as well as restored normal anatomical right ovary.

Laparoscopic Surgery is offered for several medical conditions at Wellkin Hospital. Our Surgical Unit is well equipped with the latest technology and facilities, and is manned by experienced surgeons, nurses and technicians. Our doctors specialise in laparoscopic, critical care/trauma and minimally invasive procedures.

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