from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Surgical removal of one or both ovaries. Also called ovariectomy.
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- n. Surgical removal of one or both ovaries.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Ovariotomy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In surgery, excision of an ovary.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. surgical removal of one of both ovaries
It's important to remember that oophorectomy is not the only modifiable risk factor for heart disease - diet, exercise, and treatment for underlying conditions such as hypertension and elevated cholesterol are just as important (and may be even more so).
This is particularly dramatic for those who undergo a surgical menopause—that is, when both ovaries are removed, usually along with the uterus, in a procedure called an oophorectomy.
She had a oophorectomy, which is removal of the ovaries.
For my patients who are BRCA carriers, I am still recommending oophorectomy.
The study found that women who had oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries) had an increased risk for death from cardiovascular disease.
Uterine cancer is also an indication for oophorectomy.
Other than the risks associated with having surgery itself, hysterectomy alone does not confer an increase risk of mortality, and, unlike oophorectomy, does not increase long term heart disease risks.
This would suggest that a randomized trial of hysterectomy without oophorectomy in women at high risk for ovarian cancer might be in order.
This stands in direct contrast to well done prospective randomized data showing a clear benefit to prophylactic oophorectomy in this group.
If a woman carrying a BRCA1 mutation elected to have a prophylactic mastectomy and oophorectomy, her risk of dying would be reduced by 90 percent.
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