Do I Need Surgery to Remove my Bartholin Cyst?
Many times when women are diagnosed with Bartholin’s Cysts, they are met with the question of: “Do I need surgery to remove my Bartholin’s Cysts?” The answer is not always clear cut, but in a great many cases, it turns out that no, you don’t always need surgery to remove these types of cysts.
While surgery can end up resolving the severe cases that don’t respond well to other treatments or keep coming back, it does not always have to be the direct answer to treating these cysts. In fact, sometimes home remedies or other treatments, such as a CO2 laser treatment for Bartholin’s Cysts, can help to resolve the cysts!
What are Bartholin’s Cysts?
Bartholin’s Cysts are small cysts that form within the Bartholin’s glands, which are small glands located at the opening of the vagina. These glands help lubricate the vagina, and when they become plugged, can cause pain, vaginal dryness, and other symptoms, such as fever and infection in severe cases. While these cysts are usually not cancerous, they can be bothersome, and if so, should be treated or removed.
Treatments for Bartholin’s Cysts
Depending on the severity of the Bartholin’s Cysts within the body, surgery is not always necessary to treat the cysts. Of course, for cysts that continue to form, even after treatment, surgery can be a great option, but many times, a simple procedure in the doctor’s office, known as a CO2 ablation, can be done to help remove the cysts.
At Home Treatments for Bartholin’s Cysts
There are some at-home treatments for Bartholin’s Cysts that can be used if the case is not severe enough to warrant immediate medical intervention. This includes the use of a sitz bath, which can help by putting warm water on the area to help unplug the cysts.
CO2 Ablation for Bartholin’s Cysts
CO2 Ablation for Bartholin’s Cysts is a procedure that is helpful in the removal of the cysts while still leaving the Bartholin’s glands intact and able to function. Unlike surgery, the laser procedure is an outpatient procedure that allows the patient to return home the same day with less downtime than traditional surgery.
The CO2 laser ablation procedure is done by making a small incision in the area of the cyst, opening it, draining it, and removing the abscessed tissue. All of this can be done in a fraction of the time of traditional surgical methods and is quite effective in treating Bartholin’s Cysts.
The Office of David Ghozland
If you would like to learn more about treatment options for Bartholin’s Cysts, call the office of Dr. Ghozland today for more information or to schedule a consultation. As a board-certified OBGYN, Dr. Ghozland will work with you to get you the safest and proper treatment for your Bartholin Cyst.