Torsion of the Ovary Treatment
The treatment for ovarian torsion is emergent and includes laparoscopic surgery to relieve the ovarian torsion, or to remove an ovary that is damaged by the lack of blood supply.
Treatment options for ovarian torsion include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
- Medications for nausea and vomiting:
- Intravenous fluids
- Laparoscopic surgery for ovarian torsion:
- To relieve the torsion
- Laparoscopic surgery to remove the ovary
- Performed when the ovary cannot be salvaged
Torsion of the Ovary Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of ovarian torsion.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having ovarian torsion again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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