QUESTION: What are the risks of tube and ovary removal?
ANSWER: This surgery is a generally safe procedure that carries a small risk of complications, including infection, intestinal blockage and injury to internal organs. The procedure is usually performed as an outpatient procedure through the belly-button and lasts approximately one hour.
There are complications that can come from losing the hormones supplied by your ovaries. In women who have not yet gone through menopause, the surgery causes early menopause. Early menopause carries many risks, including bone thinning (osteoporosis), hot flashes, vaginal dryness, sexual problems, sleep disturbance, sometimes cognitive changes, and may increase the risk of heart disease.