If you have cervical cancer that has spread to your ovaries and fallopian tubes, a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy may be recommended as a potential form of treatment. During this procedure, a surgical oncologist will remove both of your ovaries and fallopian tubes. The procedure is similar to, but more extensive than, a unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, in which one ovary and fallopian tube are removed.
A bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy can be performed as a traditional surgery or minimally invasive procedure. Your surgeon will determine which approach is most appropriate for your needs.
What to expect after a salpingo-oophorectomy
Because both of your ovaries and fallopian tubes will be removed during a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, you won’t be able to become pregnant afterward. However, if you are a candidate for a unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, you may still be able to become pregnant (because one of your ovaries and one of your fallopian tubes will remain intact).
A bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy may cause you to enter menopause, regardless of your age. It’s normal to experience hormonal side effects such as:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- An increased risk of osteoporosis due to decreased estrogen and progesterone production
To help counteract some of these side effects, you may be prescribed hormone replacement medications immediately after your surgery. Supplemental estrogen or progestin can help you manage these complications as part of a comprehensive supportive care program.
Advanced cervical cancer treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center
With so many treatment options to consider, it’s normal to feel uncertain about which path to take. At Moffitt Cancer Center, you can consult with several experienced gynecologic oncologists who all work together to develop your individualized treatment plan. Our team includes surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, supportive care providers, fertility preservations specialists and nurses who can help you make the best decisions for your needs.
If you decide to have a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy as part of your cervical treatment plan, you are in competent hands at Moffitt. We use the latest techniques and are a high-volume cancer center with unparalleled experience, allowing us to achieve the best possible outcomes and improve our patients’ quality of life.
No referral is necessary to make an appointment at Moffitt’s gynecological clinic. To learn more about our treatment options or to schedule a consultation, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online.