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Hysterectomy

OBGYN CARE

OB/GYNs located in Newport Beach, CA & Irvine, CA

By the age of 60, more than one in three women have had a hysterectomy. OBGYN CARE located in Newport Beach and Irvine, California, provides minimally invasive surgery using the da Vinci® robotic operating technology, an advanced system used to perform hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures. The FDA-approved technology offers several potential advantages, including smaller incisions and shorter recovery times. Catalin Marinescu, MD, FACOG, maintains one of the highest rates in the nation of minimally invasive hysterectomies – above 95%. The practice also features the expertise of OB/GYN and fertility specialist Kendra Baker, DO, creating an expert team ready to provide the best care possible. To find out if robotic hysterectomy is right for you, call today or book a consultation online.

Hysterectomy Q & A

What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a common surgery to remove your uterus and sometimes other organs. About 600,000 hysterectomies are performed annually in the United States. The procedure can be done with a traditional open surgery, laparoscopically, or transvaginally.

Does a hysterectomy affect my hormones?

Removing your uterus doesn’t affect your hormones. Unlike your ovaries, your uterus doesn’t play a role in your endocrine system or release hormones. Although you’ll no longer have a period after a hysterectomy, the procedure won’t put you into menopause. However, you won’t be able to become pregnant after your hysterectomy.

Are there different kinds of hysterectomies?

Hysterectomies are not all the same and come in different types, such as:

  • Total hysterectomy: Removal of the uterus and cervix
  • Supracervical (partial) hysterectomy: Top of uterus is removed, leaving the cervix
  • Radical hysterectomy: Often used for a cancer diagnosis, as the uterus and surrounding structures are removed

OBGYN CARE offers a minimally invasive hysterectomy with the da Vinci robotic system, which offers several potential benefits compared to open surgery.

What are the advantages of da Vinci robotic hysterectomy?

Traditional hysterectomies require a large, painful incision and a lengthy recovery time. In contrast, robot-assisted hysterectomy surgery may provide these benefits:

  • Less pain 
  • Fewer complications
  • Less blood loss 
  • Smaller incision and scars
  • Brief hospital stay

You also may be able to resume your normal daily activities more quickly after robotic surgery than with traditional surgery. 

What happens during a robotic hysterectomy?

You're administered general anesthesia prior to your robot-assisted surgery, and Dr. Marinescu begins by making several small incisions. He threads thin surgical instruments through the incisions, including a laparoscope equipped with a 3D camera. 

The camera provides a clear, magnified view of your uterus on a screen in the operating room at Dr. Marinescu’s console where his hands are connected to the system. The robotic system translates each of his hand movements in real-time, moving and rotating the instruments so he can remove your uterus through a tiny incision. 

Dr. Marinescu is extremely skilled, having performed more than 500 hysterectomies. Call today or schedule a consultation online with Dr. Marinescu to learn more about your treatment options with minimally invasive robotic surgery.