What Is Ovarian Remnant Syndrome? How Serious Is It?

What Is Ovarian Remnant Syndrome? How Serious Is It?
0 22 August 2023
What Is Ovarian Remnant Syndrome? How Serious Is It?

Ovarian Remnant Syndrome is a severe yet rare medical problem that can happen to women who have had surgery to remove either part of their ovary or both ovaries and fallopian tubes.

Given the fundamental role of the ovaries and fallopian tubes in reproduction, removal is prescribed only as a last resort. “These procedures are performed for the right reasons after weighing potential complications. Yet, in rare cases, Ovarian Remnant Syndrome may strike the women, causing a host of problems for them,” says Neelima Mantri, the leading female gynaecologist in Mumbai.

So, what makes Ovarian Remnant Syndrome dangerous, and how is it treated? Read on to know what gynaecologist Dr. Neelima Mantri has to say.

How serious is Ovarian Remnant Syndrome?

Ovarian Remnant Syndrome happens when the small parts of the reproductive organs (ovaries or fallopian tubes) are left behind in the body. These leftover tiny bits of tissues may sometimes trigger abnormal hormonal activity, which triggers various health problems for women undergoing surgery. What makes Ovarian Remnant Syndrome dangerous is its ability to initiate and exacerbate a host of reproductive issues for women, which include:

Hormone Imbalances: The residual tissues may interfere with hormonal production, throwing off hormonal balance. The hormonal imbalance may lead to hot flashes, mood swings, irregular menstrual cycles, and other hormonal problems that dampen women’s quality of life.

Reproductive Problems: Hormonal problems are always associated with reproductive issues; in the case of ORS, they are more pronounced. According to gynaecologist Dr. Neelima Mantri, infertility and conception problems are rife in women who suffer from Ovarian Remnant Syndrome.

Chronic Pelvic Pain: Pelvic pain is often the first symptom experienced by women suffering from a possible syndrome. The pain can be continuous or sporadic and can happen during sex, urination, or bowel movements.

Endometriosis: Endometriosis is a serious condition where the endometrial tissue grows outside its intended location, i.e., the uterus. This abnormal allocation often contributes to pain and other reproductive problems, making it one of the primary causes of infertility. Ovarian Remnant Syndrome can further exacerbate the existing endometriosis condition or contribute to developing Endometriosis, making the complications worse.

Ovarian Remnant Syndrome Treatment in Mumbai:

“Patients who tend to suffer from Ovarian Remnant Syndrome usually have a history of pelvic adhesions or Endometriosis. In few cases, the ORS also results from inefficient surgery that leaves over the remnants of ovarian tissue,” says Dr. Neelima Mantri, the best laparoscopic surgeon in Mumbai with an impeccable track record in Ovarian Remnant Syndrome.

A laparoscopic surgery is performed to diagnose this condition adequately; once it is identified, the laparoscopic surgeon prescribes the right treatment course based on the severity of the disease. The treatment plan involves targeted laparoscopic surgery to clean up the residual tissue in the body. Women who have experienced symptoms like irregular menstruation, pelvic pain, painful intercourse, bowel movements, or urination must immediately consult the gynaecologist to evaluate their condition and cause.