Hysterectomy

Hysterectomy Specialist
Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure used to remove the reproductive organs. Ralph Mayer, MD is a urogynecologist and board-certified gynecologist who uses this procedure to treat a variety of conditions, from endometriosis to fibroid tumors. He offers both vaginal and abdominal hysterectomies to patients throughout Beverly Hills, California.

Hysterectomy Q & A

Ralph Mayer, MD

What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure in which Dr. Mayer removes the uterus from the body. In some cases, he may remove other reproductive organs as well, including the ovaries and cervix. After the uterus has been removed, the patient will stop having menstrual periods.

What types of hysterectomy are available?

Dr. Mayer offers 2 different types of hysterectomies: vaginal hysterectomies and abdominal hysterectomies. During a vaginal hysterectomy, Dr. Mayer removes the patient’s reproductive organs through the vagina. During an abdominal hysterectomy, however, Dr. Mayer removes these organs through an incision in the abdomen.

In general, a vaginal hysterectomy is less invasive than an abdominal hysterectomy. A vaginal hysterectomy doesn’t require an incision, patients spend less time in the hospital, and the procedure costs less. However, in some cases, a vaginal hysterectomy may not be possible. Dr. Mayer will review each patient’s medical history carefully to determine which of these methods will be most effective.

When is a hysterectomy necessary?

Dr. Mayer may recommend a hysterectomy to patients with a number of different conditions, including chronic pain in the pelvis, abnormal bleeding, endometriosis, and fibroid tumors. In most cases, Dr. Mayer will recommend this procedure only when less-invasive treatment options are unsuccessful.

A hysterectomy isn’t appropriate for women who want to get pregnant in the future. After a hysterectomy, pregnancy is no longer possible.

Should a patient keep her ovaries?

In cases where the ovaries are healthy, the patient may choose to keep them. Keeping the ovaries prevents the patient from going through surgical menopause, and it may reduce the risk of complications commonly associated with going through menopause prematurely. However, in some cases, leaving the ovaries may not be possible.

Dr. Mayer can help women decide whether their ovaries should be removed during this procedure. Even when Dr. Mayer leaves the ovaries behind, women may go through menopause a few years earlier than they would have without a hysterectomy.

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