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Having performed laparoscopic surgery for over 20 years, Dr Charles is one of the most experienced laparoscopic surgeons in the UAE.

Dr Charles believes that all ovarian cysts can be successfully removed via laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery no matter how large they are, even during pregnancy and there is no need to remove the ovaries themselves; just the cyst must be removed.

Most ovarian cysts are asymptomatic, however they may cause symptoms such as pain if they are particularly large, rupture, undergo torsion or become infected and hence may need surgical removal. Endometriomas and polycystic ovaries significantly reduce fertility, however most other types of ovarian cysts do not effect fertility.

Removal of an ovarian cyst is known as a cystectomy. During this procedure, the cyst is gently separated from the ovary and then removed from the pelvic cavity.
In most cases, ovarian cysts disappear in a few months without the need for treatment.

Whether treatment is needed will depend on:
  • Its size and appearance
  • Whether you have any symptoms
  • Whether you've had the menopause – if you are postmenopausal there is a slightly higher risk of ovarian cancer


Large or persistent ovarian cysts, or cysts that are causing symptoms, usually need to be surgically removed.

Surgery is also normally recommended if there are concerns that the cyst could be cancerous or could become cancerous.

  • Most cysts can be removed using laparoscopy. This is a type of keyhole surgery where small cuts are made in your tummy and gas is blown into the pelvis to allow the surgeon to access your ovaries.
  • After the cyst has been removed, the cuts will be closed using dissolvable stitches.
  • A laparoscopy is preferred because it causes less pain and has a quicker recovery time. Most people are able to go home on the same day or the following day.