About Your Surgery with The Ovarian Cancer Institute at Mercy

Ovarian Cancer Institute at Mercy - Baltimore

Our physicians and staff are fully committed to your care and finding the best treatment options available to you. We want you to feel confident in your choice and are here to help you through every phase of your care. We hope you will find this important information about your surgery helpful.

What happens when it is determined surgery is needed to treat an ovarian mass?

The gynecologic oncologist’s surgical coordinator meets with you the same day the decision is made that surgery is the best treatment option for the ovarian mass. During this meeting, the surgical coordinator will take the time to review all the pre-operative preparations.

The surgical coordinator will provide you with instructions on:

  • Obtaining a pre-operative health assessment
  • What medications to continue using or to stop using prior to surgery
  • Having lab work, electrocardiogram, chest x-ray or other tests as needed prior to surgery
  • Skin care and preparation prior to surgery

If a face-to-face meeting is not possible, the surgical coordinator will call you by the next day to gather and provide all the essential surgical information.

NEXT: What should I do to prepare for surgery? ›
What should I do to prepare for surgery?

During your Pre-Operative Class, you will be instructed on how to prepare for surgery. You will be instructed by the surgical coordinator:

  • On the proper way to shower:
    • The night before surgery with chlorhexidine antiseptic wash
    • The morning of surgery with chlorhexidine antiseptic wash
  • To not shave or remove any hair on or near the surgical site
  • How to prepare your home for recovery

It is very important to follow these pre-surgical instructions to help prevent infection in the incision.

NEXT: What time should I arrive at the hospital for my surgery and what time is the actual surgery? ›
What time should I arrive at the hospital for my surgery and what time is the actual surgery?

The surgical coordinator will call you one to two days prior to surgery to confirm:

  • Time to arrive at the hospital
  • Time of surgery   

NEXT: Will my primary care physician be informed about my condition? ›
Will my primary care physician be informed about my condition?

A letter will be sent to your primary care doctor informing him/her about your surgery. Our gynecologic oncologists are dedicated to keeping primary care physicians informed on their patients’ progress throughout the treatment process for ovarian disease.

NEXT: Who will care for me after surgery in The Mary Catherine Bunting Center at Mercy? ›
Who will care for me after surgery in The Mary Catherine Bunting Center at Mercy?

Following surgery, you will be transferred to a private patient room in The Mary Catherine Bunting Center at Mercy. Your gynecologic oncologist will visit you, monitor your recovery and direct your care. Our gynecologic oncologists have hand-picked a specialized team of doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, a physician assistant, rehabilitation and physical therapist, and nutritionist to assist you during your stay at Mercy. 

NEXT: What will happen during my hospital stay in The Mary Catherine Bunting Center at Mercy? ›
What will happen during my hospital stay in The Mary Catherine Bunting Center at Mercy?

Typically, patients who have had surgery for an ovarian mass or ovarian cancer stay in the hospital for at least two days following the surgery day. A specialized team of specialists assists you in your recovery. While staying in The Mary Catherine Bunting Center at Mercy, you can expect to:

  • Receive pain medication prescribed by your doctor
  • Be educated about your medications
  • Be continually assessed for:
    • breathing regularity
    • blood clots
    • wound care
    • bowel function
    • skin health
  • Be provided an appropriate diet
  • Have physical therapy and walk as recommended by your doctor
  • Have your blood drawn regularly
  • Have access to the Get Well Network 

NEXT: How will I be prepared for taking care of myself after discharge from the hospital? ›
How will I be prepared for taking care of myself after discharge from the hospital?

When you are ready to leave the hospital, you will be instructed on how to take care of yourself at home. You and your family members will be educated about your medications, blood clot (DVT - deep vein thrombosis) detection and prevention, and wound care. If necessary, you will receive wound care supplies. You also will be instructed about home health care if your doctor feels you may need additional help at home.

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