Hysterectomy Specialist


Roya Rakhshani, MD

OB-GYN & Medical Aesthetics Specialist located in Costa Mesa, CA

More than 600,000 women undergo hysterectomies every year in the U.S. In fact, hysterectomy is the second most common major operation in women of childbearing age. Hysterectomy treats several conditions affecting your reproductive organs. To find out if a hysterectomy is right for you, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Roya Rakhshani at OriGYN in Costa Mesa, California.

Hysterectomy Q&A

What is a hysterectomy?

Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of your uterus. Should she deem it necessary, Dr. Rakhshani also removes your ovaries, fallopian tubes, and in some cases, other parts of your reproductive system. Having a hysterectomy ends menstruation and your ability to become pregnant.

The different types of hysterectomy include:

Total hysterectomy

This is the most common type of hysterectomy. Dr. Rakhshani removes all of your uterus, including the cervix. However, your fallopian tubes and ovaries remain intact.

Hysterectomy with salpingo-oophorectomy

Dr. Rakhshani removes one or both ovaries along with your fallopian tubes and uterus.

Radical hysterectomy

The most common type of hysterectomy used for cancer cases, the doctor removes your uterus, cervix, and the top part of your vagina, along with your pelvic lymph nodes, if needed.

Supracervical hysterectomy

Also known as either a partial or subtotal hysterectomy, Dr. Rakhshani removes the body of your uterus and leaves your cervix whole.

Why have a hysterectomy?

Hysterectomy gets recommended for a number of reasons, including:

  • Fibroid tumors -- non-cancerous tumors grow, causing pressure on other organs, heavy bleeding, or pelvic pain.
  • Endometriosis -- endometrial cells grow outside of your uterus, attach themselves to other parts of your pelvic cavity, and bleed each month with your cycle resulting in heavy bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, and pain during sex.
  • Endometrial hyperplasia -- over-thickening of the uterine lining often due to the continuous presence of estrogen without progesterone. Common during perimenopause. Causes abnormal bleeding.
  • Cancer -- Cervical, ovarian, and endometrial cancer result in 10% of hysterectomies.
  • Bladder or intestine blockage

What happens during a hysterectomy?

There are three main types of hysterectomy procedures.

Abdominal hysterectomy

Your uterus gets removed through a surgical incision in your abdomen.

Vaginal hysterectomy

Dr. Rakhshani removes your uterus through your vaginal opening.

Laparoscopy-assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH)

Dr. Rakhshani performs a vaginal hysterectomy with the help of a thin, flexible tube containing a video camera called a laparoscope. The tubes get inserted through tiny incisions in your abdomen near your navel. Your uterus gets removed in sections either through the laparoscope tube or through your vagina.

All of Dr. Rakhshani’s hysterectomies are minimally invasive, and she primarily performs laparoscopic robotic hysterectomies. However, the type of hysterectomy you receive and the technique used get based on your health situation.