Ovarian Cyst Specialist

Comprehensive Women's Health

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Birmingham, MI & Oxford, MI

Ovarian cysts cause discomfort and pain for many of the women affected. Dr. Lana Powell at Comprehensive Women’s Health in Oxford and Birmingham, Michigan, provides expert medical advice about treatment options if you are suffering from ovarian cysts. Book an appointment online, or call either office for your appointment today.

Ovarian Cyst Q & A

What are ovarian cysts?

Ovarian cysts are small, fluid-filled sacs in your ovary or on the surface of your ovary. Most cysts are harmless and disappear on their own within a few months. In a small number of women, cysts cause pelvic pain or rupture. Dr. Powell explains how your symptoms may potentially affect your health.

How are ovarian cysts caused?

In most cases, ovarian cysts develop from the follicles your ovaries produce each month. The follicles produce hormones, causing the release of your egg for ovulation. Sometimes the follicles continue growing rather than shrinking after ovulation. When the follicles keep growing, a cyst forms. Endometriosis can cause ovarian cysts as well. Dr. Powell explains the type of cyst you have and discuss a treatment plan with you.

What are the symptoms of ovarian cysts?

Ovarian cysts don’t cause symptoms unless they are quite large. If you are experiencing pain in your pelvis, fullness in your abdomen not associated with a big meal, or excessive bloating, you might have an ovarian cyst. You should call Dr. Powell immediately if you have sudden and severe pain and/or fever or vomiting.

How are ovarian cysts treated?

Dr. Powell offers several options in treating ovarian cysts. In most cases, if they find a cyst without symptoms, no treatment may be suggested. In other cases, medication or laparoscopic surgery is recommended. Laparoscopic surgery is minimally invasive and uses small incisions for removal of cysts.

Dr. Powell will make a small incision in the abdomen to remove the painful cyst. After the laparoscopic surgery, your abdomen may be tender and possibly bruised. You will likely feel more tired during the first week after the procedure. Specific instructions from Dr. Powell outlines after-care while you’re recovering at home.

Call Comprehensive Women’s Health today for your appointment if you suspect you have ovarian cysts. You can also book an appointment online for greater convenience.