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Surgery

The type of surgery you have depends on where the cancer is in your body. Find out about the different types of surgery for ovarian cancer, what happens before surgery and what to expect afterwards.

Types of surgery

The type of surgery you have depends on where the cancer is. The surgeon aims to remove as much cancer as possible if it’s spread. 

Before your operation

Before your operation, you have tests to check your fitness and you meet members of your treatment team. 

Going into hospital

Most people are in hospital for between 2 and 4 days. Find out how you can prepare for your stay. 

On the day

You have a general anaesthetic so you can't feel anything during the operation. This sends you into a deep sleep. 

After surgery

You have a few different tubes in place when you wake up. You usually go home after 2 to 4 days.

Problems after surgery

Possible problems after surgery include infection, bleeding, blood clots, swollen legs or bladder and bowel problems.

Last reviewed: 
30 Jan 2019

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