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Surgical Removal of Ovaries & Tubes

Learn about the steps that people at high risk for cancer can take to manage their risk and protect their health.

Surgical risks

Every surgery has potential risks; some are more serious than others. Some possible risks of salpingo-oophorectomy and/or hysterectomy include:

  • infection
  • intestinal blockage
  • bleeding
  • injury to internal organs
  • anesthesia risks
  • menopausal side effects
  • possibility that cancer will be found during surgery

It is important to discuss possible surgical risks with your physician. 

Updated 12/29/16

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