Removal (excision) of a
Bartholin gland cyst is a minor surgical procedure.
vulva has an extensive blood supply, removing a
Bartholin gland cyst can cause bleeding. This is best treated in a surgical
In a surgery centre, you will be given whatever numbing and calming
medicine you need for the procedure. If the cyst is painful, your doctor
probably will recommend a
general anesthetic to put you to sleep.
You do not need to stay overnight at the hospital after an
In rare cases, the entire Bartholin gland and duct are removed. This
is often recommended for
post-menopausal women with Bartholin gland problems
because of the risk of cancer, which increases with age. But simply
draining a Bartholin cyst and testing the cyst tissue for cancer is also a
reasonable first-time treatment.
To lower your risk of infection, do not have sexual intercourse until
the area is completely healed. This can take several weeks.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerFemi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology