All about ovarian cysts

Written by: Mr Hisham Abouzeid
Edited by: Karolyn Judge

Do you suspect you have an ovarian cyst? Sometimes they are symptomless. 


Here to provide an assuring rundown about this condition, signs and diagnosis, alongside treatment, so you're not in the dark, is leading consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist in Greater Manchester, Mr Hisham Abouzeid


Woman concerned about having ovarian cysts


What are ovarian cysts?


Ovarian cysts could be normal physiologic structures that appear as part of normal ovarian function. Or it can be pathological, including cysts caused by endometriosis, and those caused by benign or malignant tumours


What are the symptoms of ovarian cysts?


Not all cysts cause symptoms. They might be found incidentally, just by doing an ultrasound scan. The common symptoms include pain, swelling and malignancies can be associated with bowel-like symptoms. They can affect fertility, if they're part of endometriosis or large in size. 


How are ovarian cysts diagnosed?


Diagnosis is made by taking a proper history, clinical examination and imaging studies like:



Sometimes blood tests are required to check ovarian tumour markers. 


How are ovarian cysts treated?


The treatment depends on the type of the cyst. Various options include: 


  • Only observation, or:
  • treatment with laparoscopy or;
  • open surgery for removal of either only the cyst, or the whole ovarian tube - it depends on each case, and the pros and cons of options and treatment. 


If malignancy is suspected, then treatment would include:


  • Total hysterectomy, and;
  • removal of both ovaries and tubes. 





Arrange a consultation with Mr Abouzeid, via his Top Doctors profile, to address any concerns you may have regarding ovarian cysts

By Mr Hisham Abouzeid
Obstetrics & gynaecology

Mr Hisham Abouzeid is a highly-experienced and respected consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist based in Cheadle, Rochdale and Salford, as well as Wythenshawe in Manchester. He specialises in treatment for ovarian cysts, heavy menstrual loss and pelvic pain alongside labiaplasty, vaginoplasty and vaginal prolapse procedures. He privately practises at The Alexandra Hospital, The Highfield Hospital and Oaklands Hospital, in addition to The Pines Hospital. His NHS base is Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

Mr Abouzeid has over 25 years of gynaecological practice, developing skills and expertise in various gynaecological subspecialties, alongside the ones mentioned above, such as female sterilisation reversal, oophorectomy and menopause. He has an impressive educational background that reflects his revered career, with an MBBCh from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, and an MSc in Advanced Gynaecological Endoscopy from the University of Surrey. 

Further to these esteemed qualifications, Mr Abouzeid has received the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists' (RCOG) certificate in laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery, accreditation for colposcopy from the British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (BSCCP), and underwent RCOG's advanced training in gynaecological ultrasonography.

Mr Abouzeid is a sought-after clinician with top leadership skills. He is the lead for gynaecological endoscopy at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, lead for gynaecological oncology at Rochdale Infirmary and the lead gynaecologist for Greater Manchester Clinical and Treatment Centres (CATS). 

Mr Abouzeid is a member of several professional organisations, which include the Royal College of Obstetricians (MRCOG), British Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy (BSGE), European Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy (ESGE), alongside the BSCCP.  

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