Surgery for ovarian cancer

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 for ovarian cancer

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. 

Preparing for ovarian cancer surgery

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

Going into hospital for ovarian cancer surgery

How to prepare for your admission to hospital and what to expect on the day of your surgery.

After having ovarian cancer surgery

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

Problems after ovarian cancer surgery

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

Recovering from ovarian cancer surgery

Recovering physically and emotionally from surgery will take time.

Last reviewed: 
10 Jan 2022
Next review due: 
10 Jan 2025