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How to Lose Weight After an Oopherectomy

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author image Michelle Zehr
Michelle Zehr started writing professionally in 2009. She has written on health, fitness, fashion, interior design, home decorating,sports and finance for several websites. Zehr possesses a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Arts in professional writing from Chatham University and a graduate certificate in health promotion from California University of Pennsylvania.
How to Lose Weight After an Oopherectomy
Low-impact exercise and plenty of water can help you lose weight. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images

An oophorectomy is a surgery to remove one or both of your ovaries. This surgery is performed for a variety of reasons, including ovarian cancer, cysts, endometriosis or abscesses on your ovarian tubes. The surgery may also help to reduce the risk of developing cancer. Surgeons perform an oophorectomy through open abdominal surgery or by means of laparoscopic surgery -- making several small incisions. Most women can resume normal activity level within six weeks of surgery. For women who have undergone laparoscopic surgery, the recovery may be as short as two weeks. During your recovery, you can use several methods to lose weight.

Step 1

Talk to your surgeon. Ask your surgeon about limits in activity level and when you are able to return to your normal exercise routine or start a weight loss program.

Step 2

Eat healthy. While recovering from an oophorectomy, eating healthy can help you lose weight. Avoid foods and drinks that are high in fat, sugar and calorie content -- including soda, alcohol, junk foods and desserts. Drink plenty of water. Consume fruits, vegetables, lean meats, low-fat dairy and whole grains. The National Academy of Sports Medicine indicates that one pound of fat is equal to 3,500 calories. To lose one pound per week -- which is healthy weight loss -- cut 500 calories from your diet each day.

Step 3

Participate in low-impact exercise. Low-impact exercises place less stress and fewer jarring movements on your body as you exercise. Consider cycling, low-impact aerobics, walking, a rowing machine or using an elliptical machine. When your incision has healed and you are permitted to get it wet, try swimming for cardiovascular exercise.

Step 4

Exercise on a regular basis. The National Academy of Sports Medicine indicates you should exercise 60 to 90 minutes, five days per week to lose weight.

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