While oophorectomy is a relative safe procedure, like all surgeries it does carry some potential for complications. The most common risks—some of which are common to all surgeries—include:
- Bleeding and infection
- Damage to nearby organs
- The rupture of a tumor, which has the potential to spread cancerous cells elsewhere in the body
- Ovarian remnant syndrome, or the retention of ovary tissue after a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy resulting in pelvic pain or a pelvic mass.