About half a million women in the United States undergo partial or full hysterectomy each year, according to the Centers of Disease Control. If a hysterectomy is your only option to relieve symptoms or manage a disease, the all-woman OB/GYN specialists at Trinity Women’s Health in Murrieta, California, offer minimally invasive surgery whenever possible. Whether you’re looking for a second opinion or a knowledgeable and highly skilled surgeon for your hysterectomy, Dr. Joan Hazel Calinisan, Dr. Frances S. Kim, and Dr. Nerissa C. Safie can help. Contact the Trinity Women’s office today by phone or email to set up a hysterectomy consultation.
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure in which your OB/GYN surgeon removes all or part of your uterus. Depending on your needs, your OB/GYN specialist may remove other reproductive organs, too, including your fallopian tubes and ovaries.
At Trinity Women’s Health, Dr. Calinisan, Dr. Kim, and Dr. Safie only recommend a hysterectomy when no other therapy can resolve your issues. Whenever possible, they perform hysterectomies using minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery.
Laparoscopy uses smaller incisions and has less downtime and scarring than traditional surgery. Your OB/GYN specialist may recommend a hysterectomy to alleviate:
You don’t necessarily go into menopause after a hysterectomy. You may have one of several types of hysterectomies:
Only the body of your uterus is removed. Your cervix -- the portion of uterus opening into the vagina -- is preserved. You don’t go into menopause.
Your entire uterus is removed, including your cervix. However, your other reproductive organs aren't affected, so you don’t go into menopause.
When your ovaries are removed, you go into immediate menopause. Dr. Calinisan, Dr. Kim, and Dr. Safie try to preserve ovaries with their hysterectomy but do recommend removal for genetic cancer risk.
If Dr. Calinisan, Dr. Kim, or Dr. Safie use minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery to perform your hysterectomy, she either makes an incision in your vagina or creates small incisions in your navel or on your abdomen.
Your OB/surgeon then inserts a small, camera-like instrument called a laparoscope through one of the incisions. The laparoscope transmits magnified signals to a monitor so your surgeon can watch the operation and perform precise surgical maneuvers.
With a laparoscopic hysterectomy, you may be able to go home the same day or next day. Recovery only takes a couple of weeks, as compared with eight weeks for traditional open surgery.
When you need a hysterectomy, come to the all-female OB/GYN team at Trinity Women’s Health for minimally invasive surgery. Book your appointment online or call the friendly office staff.