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Cervical Cyst Removal in South Africa

Hospitals, clinics and medical centers in South Africa performing Cervical Cyst Removal.

Netcare Group

Netcare Group provides innovative, quality healthcare in South Africa and the United Kingdom.

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Life Healthcare Hospital Group

Life Healthcare is a leading private hospital operator in South Africa and primarily serves the market for privately insured individuals, representing approximately eight million people. The group provides mainly acute care, high technology private hospital services.

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Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital

Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital is a large Provincial government funded hospital situated in central Mthatha in South Africa. It is a tertiary teaching hospital and forms part of the Mthatha Hospital Complex.

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Life Kingsbury Hospital

The extensive hospital network includes 64 hospitals (of which 57 are majority owned by Life Healthcare and another seven in which the group holds substantial minority ownership), providing a range of healthcare services throughout South Africa.

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About Cervical Cyst Removal

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Health-Tourism.com. Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.

What is the Cervix?

Your cervix is that portion of your womb (uterus) which extends into and through the back of your vagina—the exit of the birth canal during labor and delivery of a baby. While it dilates to accommodate the birthing process, in the non-pregnant state its circular area is collapsed and plugged with mucus to prevent germs from entering. The cervix, because it protrudes into your vagina, can be easily seen during a pelvic exam using a smooth speculum device.

What is a Cervical Cyst?

Since the cervix normally makes mucus, there are mucus-secreting glands (called “Nabothian glands”) that at times can be seen on exam. These are normal. But glands must secrete what they make, and if the gland’s exit for the mucus is blocked, mucus can accumulate, increasing the size of the gland until it’s called a “cyst,” that is, an abnormal amount collected of a normal substance. These usually go away on their own; if one doesn’t, however, because it is benign, removal would only be desirable if it began to cause symptoms. Chronic vaginal discharge, pain with intercourse, etc., are things that could warrant removal.

Sometimes a cervical cyst can be abnormal material that accumulates, such as in endometriosis (glandular material similar to the higher lining of your uterus).

How is a Cervical Cyst Diagnosed?

Since a cervical cyst is not life-threatening, the main goal in making the diagnosis is to make sure what is there isn’t something else—something that is dangerous. This can be done easily by visualizing the cyst with a special pair of lenses called a colposcope, which is nothing more than binoculars on a stick which can be maneuvered for optimum views. It there is still any doubt, a small pinch of tissue (a “biopsy”) can be done to prove for certain what is going on; this requires no anesthetic.

How are Cervical Cysts Removed and How Difficult?

Since they are accessible from a vaginal approach, they are not difficult to remove. Usually either no—or very little—local anesthetic is used and they can be removed or destroyed in just a moment. Either freezing them with a “cryo” instrument or using a “loop” electrode to scoop them away are the easiest and recommended ways. Also, just puncturing them and allowing them to drain can possibly work, but may result in their return.

Removal is simple, convenient, and safe. It is easily accomplished within just an office visit, which involves a gynecological and medical evaluation. You walk out feeling the same as you walked in.

How Do You Prepare?

You really don’t have to do anything to prepare. The only recommendation is that you schedule it during a time you’re not on your cyclic period. It’s not that this makes it dangerous, it’s just that menstrual blood and debris obscures the visibility, making it more tedious for your doctor.

How Does Medical Tourism Impact Cervical Cyst Removal?

It doesn’t. There is no problem with flying home, even immediately.

Days admitted : Cervical cyst removal is usually performed as an outpatient procedure.

Anesthesia : Usually none, especially if a cryo procedure is done. If anesthetics are needed, a fine needle insertion of local anesthetic around the cervix is all that is necessary. (It is very brief and easily to

Recovery : Recovery is considered complete at the end of the office visit itself. Follow-up may be requested by your doctor, but this can be done by any doctor if you’ve had the procedure elsewhere. You should not have sexual intercourse for 10 days. Since either the cryo (freezing) or electrocautery used is technically a “burn,” you should expect a slight “weeping” vaginal discharge for anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks. For this normal post-op discharge, you should use a sanitary napkin, as a tampon may remove a scab that is on the cervix, which could start bleeding.

Risks : Treating cervical cysts is very safe. There is the risk the cyst may return, but this is unlikely, because a recurrence is more likely a new cyst, not a recurrence of the old one. Blood loss is negligible, if any. You may have some spotting which goes away over a few days.

After care : • Report to your doctor if there is bleeding which does not resolve in a few days or if the bleeding is more than just spotting. • Report any fevers, pus-like (“purulent”) discharge. A slight discharge for even up to 2 weeks can be normal, but a purulent one will have a bad odor. • Once you resume sex, if it is painful or results in bleeding, report this, but don’t panic—it probably means you just have to give the healing process another week or so. • You may resume using tampons, if you prefer, on the cycle after next.

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