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Anterolateral view of female pelvis with laparoscopic removal of ovarian cysts. Ovarian cysts are benign fluid-filed sacs on or within the ovary that may appear in connection with the menstrual cycle and are potentially very painful. Typically, ovarian cysts disappear on their own, but if they grow large, are painful, or appear disease related, must be removed. Laparoscopic removal of ovarian cysts is a minimally invasive surgery that involves several incisions in the abdominal wall. First, the abdomen is filled with carbon dioxide gas to create a better view and more room to work. Then, a laparoscope, a small instrument with a camera and a hollow channel for long, thin instruments to pass through, will be inserted through one of these incisions. Other instruments to assist with removal of the cysts will be placed through the remaining incisions.
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