Ovarian cysts are fluid-filleds pocket that develop in the ovaries. The most common type, functional cysts, form during ovulation in cases when a follicle fails to dissolve after an egg is released, or when an oocyte is not released. While they are not considered dangerous, and usually dissolve on their own without treatment, in some cases, complications (such as cyst rupture or twisting, resulting in internal bleeding), which require ovarian cyst treatment, may occur.

Treatment Program

When an ovarian cyst is diagnosed, it is important to assess its size and rule out endometrial origin. In line with this, the diagnosis stage will consist of the following:

  • Extended lab work-up (CBC, CMP, coagulation factors, hormonal profile and tumour markers)
  • Gynecologist exam and pelvic US scan
  • Optional: Diagnostic hysteroscopy

Cystectomy Costs

If surgery is required, the cost will cover the following:

  • Routine preoperative preparation (ECG, chest X-ray and an anesthesiologist consultation)
  • Laparoscopic cystectomy (when possible) and 1 day of hospitalization.
  • Disposable surgical materials
  • Express pathological study and conclusive histopathological study.

You will be required to remain in Israel for 5 days following the surgery.

Treatment will take place at the state-of-the-art Assuta Hospital in Tel Aviv.

If you are interested in a pregnancy, please note that you will be able to undergo IVF treatment as soon as 1 or 2 months following the cystectomy procedure (in line with the recommendations of your treating physician). Click here to read more about our IVF options.

Ovarian Cyst Types

Unlike functional cysts, abnormal ovarian cysts are more serious and require medical treatment. The leading cause of abnormal cyst appearance are hormonal disorders. A cyst is considered abnormal if it had not resolved on its own within 3 months. Depending on circumstances, treatment can either be conservative or a surgical intervention may be required.

Abnormal cysts may form as a result of one of the following conditions:

  • Dermoid cysts – cysts that contain tissue similar to that found in other parts of the body
  • Endometriosis – the result of the endometrium (material lining the uterus) growing in other areas of the body. This type of cysts might make conceiving difficult
  • PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) – a condition when the follicles holding the eggs as they mature fail to open
  • Cystadenomas – cysts (usually fluid-filled) which form from cells on the ovaries’ surface.


Ovarian cyst symptoms include pelvic pain (can be dull or sharp), painful intercourse, frequent urination, irregular menses, and bloating and constipation. Sometimes ovarian cysts may make it difficult for you to get pregnant.

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