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At a Glance:
About ovarian cyst and gall bladder removal:
•Complications in ovarian cyst surgery are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. Possible complications may include infection, bleeding, the cyst returning after it is removed, need for removal of one or both ovaries, infertility, blood clots and damage to other organs.
•Factors that may increase the risk of complications include heavy use of alcohol, smoking or use of narcotics (which could make delivering anesthesia more difficult or impair wound healing), use of certain prescription medicines, pregnancy and previous abdominal surgery.
•Antibiotics are generally given before any abdominal surgery to help prevent infection.
•The most serious possible complications of laparoscopic gallbladder surgery are infection of an incision, internal bleeding, injury to the bile duct, injury to the small intestine by one of the instruments used during surgery and risks of general anesthesia.
(Sources: U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, WomensHealthMatters.com and Web MD.)