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Bartholin cysts are fluid-filled sacs usually present on the vaginal wall. Mostly they are treated with medication like - antibiotics as the infection is mostly caused by pathogens. However, surgery is suggested when the cysts start causing pain. Bartholin cysts require timely treatment if they are left untreated, then may increase the risk of infection in the surrounding areas.
Bartholin glands that are present just behind the labia, like other glands, release fluid through a duct. The purpose of the fluid is to lubricate the vagina. If the ducts get blocked, the fluid backs up and forms a collection of fluid, developing a cyst. These cysts are called Bartholin cysts, and they are tiny fluid-filled lumps that appear on the surface of the vaginal wall.
Bartholin cysts are quite common in women of reproductive age, and it is very rare to occur after menopause.
Asymptomatic Bartholin’s cyst usually does not require any specific treatment. But if the cysts are larger and recurrent, then it requires timely treatment, or else it can increase the risk of bacterial infection like Escherichia coli (E.coli) and other sexually transmitted infections such as gonorrhoea and chlamydia. The infected cyst, without treatment, may develop an abscess too.
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Diagnosis of Bartholin cyst
Gynaecologists may suggest a few diagnostic tests after evaluating your medical history to define the best treatment for Bartholin Cyst:
Treatment of Bartholin cysts
The treatment method usually depends on the size of the cyst, how painful the cyst is, and whether the cyst is infected or not. Bartholin cysts treatment is broadly categorized into two ways:
Surgical intervention is recommended when the Bartholin cyst causes some serious complications.
Marsupialization- This surgical procedure is performed for recurring and extremely painful Bartholin cysts. It is performed under local/spinal anesthesia. Surgeons drain the cyst through an incision, and after drainage, the incision becomes slightly enlarged and gives the appearance of a kangaroo pouch on the vaginal lips, which allows any further fluid to drain out.
Gynecologists advise avoiding the following things after the surgery to reduce the risk of infection and felicitate quick healing.
Consult your Gynecologist and seek emergency help if you experience any of the following symptoms-
Any delay in the treatment can worsen the condition and can lead to infection and even cancer.
The surgical procedure of Bartholin cyst treatment is done under anesthesia and does not require much time. Post-surgery, you can expect the following changes-
Complete recovery may take around 2 to 4 weeks.
Generally, the surgical treatment of Bartholin cysts is quite safe. But in the case of Bartholin cyst gland removal, certain risks and complications can arise, such as.
Yes, bartholin cyst surgery falls under the category of medically necessary treatment and hence covered under insurance. However, the policy terms and conditions can vary, so we suggest you consult your insurance provider before treatment.
According to research, about 5 to 15 percent of Bartholin’s cysts recur after surgical treatment. However, females of reproductive age have a high chance of recurrence rate of up to 38%.
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