Hysterectomy

Platinum Women's Health

OBGYNs located in Murrieta, CA & Temecula, CA

Hysterectomies are the second most common surgery performed on women in the United States. If you’re one of the approximately 500,000 who will need a hysterectomy this year, you can count on expert surgical procedures at Platinum Women’s Health in Murrieta and Temecula, California. James Neal, MD, and Florence Villa Quinata, MD, perform minimally invasive and robot-assisted hysterectomies whenever possible to deliver outstanding patient outcomes. Call one of the offices or schedule a consultation online today to learn more about your hysterectomy options.

Hysterectomy Q & A

What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove your uterus. Depending on your condition, your doctor may perform a total hysterectomy, partial hysterectomy, or a radical hysterectomy.

A total hysterectomy includes the removal of your whole uterus, including your cervix. During a partial hysterectomy, your doctor removes the upper part of your womb, leaving your cervix in place. A radical hysterectomy involves the removal of your uterus, cervix, and some of the tissue from the upper vagina.

Depending on the reason for your hysterectomy, your doctor may also remove your fallopian tubes and ovaries during a hysterectomy.

Why would I need a hysterectomy?

When possible, Dr. Neal and Dr. Quinata try less invasive methods of treating your reproductive health issue before recommending a surgical procedure, such as hysterectomy. Some of the conditions that could lead to a hysterectomy include:

  • Cancer
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Heavy or abnormal bleeding
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine prolapse

If you have symptoms such as heavy, irregular periods or pelvic pain, make an appointment for diagnosis and customized treatment to restore your health and quality of life.

What should I expect during a hysterectomy?

Whenever possible, Dr. Neal and Dr. Quinata use minimally invasive robotic and laparoscopic surgical techniques. Your doctor provides sedation to ensure you sleep through your procedure, and you will need a friend or family member to drive you to and from your procedure.

Both laparoscopic and robot-assisted hysterectomies require just a few small incisions in your abdomen. Your doctor inserts special surgical instruments through the incisions to complete your hysterectomy.

One of the tools is a laparoscope — a thin tube with a camera and a light on its tip — which sends a video feed from inside your body to a monitor in the operating room. Your doctor can see your uterus and other pelvic and reproductive organs without having to make a large incision in your body. Then using a robotic arm or other surgical instruments designed for laparoscopy, your doctor removes your uterus.

Minimally invasive laparoscopic hysterectomies are usually done on an outpatient basis, although in some cases, you may need to stay in the hospital overnight.

If you have symptoms that suggest the need for a hysterectomy, schedule a consultation by calling the practice or using the online booking tool.