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Ovarian Cysts Specialist

Peyman Banooni, MD

OB-GYN located in Beverly Hills, CA

Since graduating in 1999 from the University of California- San Diego, Dr. Peyman Banooni has dedicated his life to the treatment and care of women throughout the stages of their lives. Dr. Banooni completed his OB/GYN residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in June of 2003 and now Peyman Banooni MD Inc. is associated with the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Ovarian Cysts Q & A

What are Ovarian Cysts?

Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs which have formed in or on the ovaries. Frequently cysts are benign, or non-cancerous, and many will dissipate on their own. However, some cysts can cause pain, and though it is rare, some may be cancerous. Some women’s ovaries produce multiple small cysts, which is known as polycystic ovary syndrome and this can cause problems within the ovaries and when trying to become pregnant.

What Causes Ovarian Cysts?

Commonly, ovarian cysts are caused by:

  • Hormonal Issues- Medications which assist with ovulation and hormonal fluctuations can cause functional cysts which usually dissipate.
  • Pregnancy- Early on during pregnancy, a cyst forms to assist the fetus while the placenta is forming. Typically, these cysts disappear, however if they persist they made need to be removed.
  • Severe Infections in the Pelvis- When an infection spread to the ovaries or fallopian tubes it can cause cysts.
  • Endometriosis- Women who have been diagnosed with endometriosis may develop cysts called endometriomas which attach to the ovary and form a growth. These cysts can be very painful.

How are Ovarian Cysts Treated?

Cysts which do not go away, grow in size, cause pain, or look unusual on an ultrasound may need to be removed via surgery. It is estimated that approximately, 5-10% of women undergo surgery to remove a cyst. If surgery is required to remove a cyst, it may be performed one of two ways:

  • Laparoscopy- This type of surgery is used for smaller cysts which look benign and is performed by making a small incision near the patient’s navel.
  • Laparotomy- If the cyst is larger or looks cancerous, the doctor may use this method. During this surgery a larger incision is made and the cyst is tested for cancerous tissue. If the cyst is cancerous it is possible that the ovary and other tissues may also need to be removed.

Insurance Providers

Our practice has agreements in place with most major insurance companies, but if you are a new patient it is advisable that you contact our office in advance so we may address any coverage issues. Please note that our practice does not accept HMO insurance carriers.

For services either not fully covered by your health insurance provider, or for visits that are only partially covered by your insurance company we typically bill you separately.

Of course we recognize that often times when it comes to healthcare patients are processing many different thoughts, feelings and emotions. We aim to make our billing as transparent and clear as possible but should you have ANY questions regarding a bill received by our office please feel comfortable contacting us.

Further, in advance of a visit, should you have ANY questions regarding either what might or might not be covered by your insurance company we strongly encourage you to call our offices and we will be happy to review with you.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross of California
Assurant Employee Benefits
Assurant Health
Beech Street
Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida (Florida Blue)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois