I have an Ovarian Cyst. Do I need to have surgery?

With the exception of cancer of the uterus, cervix, or ovary, most gynecologic surgery is done to improve quality of life. It's your life and your body, and choices as to how and when you proceed should be discussed thoroughly. Your needs and desires should be understood and respected by your gynecologist. 

There are usually multiple ways to approach each particular problem. When surgery is needed, a well informed patient makes the best choices and will be most satisfied with the outcome. Surgical procedures carry risk, and even the best of surgeons will have complications. 

Don't enter into a surgical situation without understanding the risks, and understanding your genuine need. Explore your options, question your gynecologist's experience and results. Searching the web is often helpful, but can sometimes be frightening. 

Your ovarian cyst is very likely benign, but reading about ovarian cancer can scare anyone. The best solution is to talk to your gynecologist, avoid surgery for small problems and when large problems arise, proceed at your own pace. The patients who are most satisfied are those with genuine problems, who chose the best procedure available at the time, and reap the benefits of feeling better. 

The quality of your life can be improved. You can and should be able to enjoy all the days of the month.

Patient Education

Influenza

Pregnant women are more likely to get seriously ill from the flu. Get your flu shot.   You should get vaccinated as soon as you finish the first trimester. (12 weeks). You will not get the flu from a flu shot. Any side effects you get are generally limited to soreness... Read More

Having your baby at Methodist Mansfield

Methodist Mansfield is a great place to have your baby. Dr. Daum delivered the first baby at Methodist Mansfield on December 26th, 2006. Since that day the hospital has grown, but retains the small hospital feeling that many women enjoy. The NICU is now considered a level III A nursery,... Read More

Mirena IUD

Mirena IUD's are plastic devices that fit inside your uterus and provide contraception. They have several advantages. First they are very effective with greater than 99% prevention of pregnancy.  The stem of the Mirena contains levonorgestrel, a part of many popular birth control pills. Second, once inserted, they are almost... Read More

Pregnant! What not to eat.

You have probably heard that there are foods that should be avoided during pregnancy. Most of the restrictions are directed at avoiding mercury which has gotten concentrated in fish. The fish to be avoided are the predatory fish from the ocean, and include tuna, shark, mackerel, and salmon. In fact, most fish should... Read More

Essure Tubal Sterilization

There has been a good bit of advertising recently about the Essure method of tubal sterilization. Essure is not new, and has been on the market for a number of years. The Essure method of sterilization  requires placement of a device in each tubal opening, where it opens into the... Read More

What's with the NEW Pap Smear Guidelines?

With the advancement of DNA technology, it has been determined that 99% of cervical cancers are caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). There are many subtypes of HPV, and a small number have been detected in cervical cancers. These subtypes are called  high risk HPV subltypes. The highest risk types are types 16... Read More

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