Hysterectomy is the second most common gynecologic procedure performed in the United States — more than half a million women have the surgery every year. The fact that it’s common doesn’t mean that deciding to undergo hysterectomy is easy. Dr. Stephen Weinstein in Walnut Creek, California, always tries other treatments first. If they fail to provide relief, the doctor talks with you about your options and the different types of hysterectomies he offers, so that you can make the best decision for your health.
In some cases, hysterectomy (removal of your uterus) is absolutely essential. It’s usually the only option if you have cervical, uterine, or ovarian cancer. You may also need an emergency hysterectomy if you have uncontrolled uterine hemorrhage or infection.
Hysterectomy for noncancerous conditions is considered only after other treatment alternatives have been tried without success.
The most common conditions treated with hysterectomy include:
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths in the wall of the uterus that often cause pain or heavy bleeding.
Tissue normally found inside the uterus grows on your ovaries, fallopian tubes, and throughout the pelvic region, causing pain and bleeding.
Your uterus drops from its normal position, falling down into the vagina. This can happen as the tissues that hold the uterus in place become weak and damaged due to age or vaginal births.
Infection, hormone imbalances, fibroids, and cancer are a few common causes of abnormal uterine bleeding.
Endometrial lining grows inside the muscular uterine walls, causing pain and bleeding.
Dr. Weinstein meets with you for a comprehensive consultation prior to scheduling a hysterectomy, so you can discuss which type of hysterectomy is best for your underlying condition.
The entire uterus is removed, including the cervix.
Also called a subtotal or supracervical hysterectomy, this procedure removes the upper part of the uterus, leaving the cervix in place.
Often used to treat cancer, a radical hysterectomy removes the uterus, cervix, tissue on both sides of the cervix, and the upper part of the vagina.
During all three procedures, your ovaries and fallopian tubes may or may not be removed. When both ovaries are removed, you enter induced menopause.
Dr. Weinstein performs hysterectomies using three different procedures:
If you have questions about any gynecologic problems that may require a hysterectomy, please call Dr. Weinstein or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.