If you experience pelvic pain, pressure, or bloating, ovarian cysts might be to blame. At his private practice in Miami, Florida, OB/GYN physician Peter Khamvongsa, MD, FACOG, FACS, IF, and his team can diagnose and treat your condition to reduce unpleasant symptoms and your risk of complications. Schedule an appointment by phone or online with Dr. Khamvongsa to find out if you have ovarian cysts.
Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled pockets on your ovaries, which are sacs that produce and release eggs. While many ovarian cysts are harmless, don’t cause pain, or disappear on their own over time, ruptured ovarian cysts can cause bleeding and severe pain. Routine gynecology exams help Dr. Khamvongsa and his team detect cysts before complications occur.
You might not have any symptoms with ovarian cysts. Large cysts can cause pelvic pain, bloating, swelling, or abdominal heaviness. See a medical provider right away if you experience severe abdominal pain, sudden pain, pain with vomiting or fever, lightheadedness, weakness, rapid breathing, or cold, clammy skin with pelvic pain.
While anyone can develop ovarian cysts, your risk increases with:
Complications that may arise with untreated ovarian cysts include cyst rupture with internal bleeding or painful ovarian torsion. Routine pelvic examinations can help Dr. Khamvongsa and his team detect problems before they become serious.
To find out if you have ovarian cysts that require treatment, Dr. Khamvongsa and his team review your medical history and symptoms and complete a pelvic examination. He might recommend you undergo a pregnancy test, pelvic ultrasound, laparoscopy, or blood tests to make a final diagnosis and develop a treatment plan.
Based on the type and severity of ovarian cysts you experience, Dr. Khamvongsa might recommend one of the following treatments:
For smaller cysts that are asymptomatic, watchful waiting might be all that’s needed to find out if the cysts stay the same size or go away on their own over time.
Dr. Khamvongsa may suggest you take medications, such as hormonal contraceptives, to prevent ovarian cysts from recurring.
Dr. Khamvongsa can remove larger, suspicious-looking or painful cysts (or your entire ovary) to reduce unpleasant symptoms and help prevent complications. He can refer out to a gynecological cancer specialist if your cyst is cancerous.
If you suspect an ovarian cyst or experience new or unusual gynecological symptoms, call Peter A Khamvongsa, MD, FACOG, FACS, IF, or schedule an appointment online today.