Hysterectomy Specialist

Gynecologic Oncology Specialists

Anne O. Rodriguez, MD

Gynecologic Oncologist & Breast Surgeon located in Santa Barbara, Lompoc, & Ventura, CA

If you need a hysterectomy to remove your uterus, trust Anne O. Rodriguez, MD, of Gynecologic Oncology Specialists. She uses the most advanced surgical techniques to perform hysterectomies. Women in Ventura, Lompoc, and Santa Barbara, California, can schedule a one-on-one consultation online or by calling the office nearest them to learn about their hysterectomy options.

Hysterectomy Q & A

What exactly is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a surgery to remove your uterus. After the procedure, you no longer menstruate and aren’t able to have children. There are several types of hysterectomy. Sometimes, it involves the removal of only your uterus, or your ovaries and fallopian tubes, as well. 

Dr. Rodriguez at Gynecologic Oncology Specialists can help you determine which surgery is optimal for your health needs:

Abdominal hysterectomy

During an abdominal hysterectomy, Dr. Rodriguez makes an incision in your abdomen to access your uterus and remove it. Performing this procedure is rare today as it carries a long recovery and several less invasive methods are available.

Laparoscopic hysterectomy

A laparoscope, which is a surgical camera, is inserted into your abdomen through a tiny incision. Then through one or two more tiny incisions, Dr. Rodriguez surgically removes your uterus. A laparoscopic hysterectomy usually results in a shorter recovery than an open hysterectomy.

Vaginal hysterectomy

During a vaginal hysterectomy, Dr. Rodriguez removes your uterus through a small cut in your vagina. 

What is a robotic hysterectomy?

Dr. Rodriguez is an expert at performing robotic hysterectomies using the da Vinci® Surgical System. During this procedure, she is in the room with you and has absolute control over the robotic arm that performs the procedure.

The robotic surgical procedure makes very tiny incisions for a faster recovery. The tiny instruments have a larger range of motion as compared to the human hand, making the incision and removal of your uterus more precise to reduce risk. Usually, robotic hysterectomy results in faster healing times and fewer complications.

Why would I need a hysterectomy?

You may need a hysterectomy as treatment for a gynecological condition. Common health conditions that a hysterectomy may treat include:

  • Fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Heavy vaginal bleeding
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Uterine or cervical cancer

A hysterectomy is a life-altering surgical procedure. Before recommending it, Dr. Rodriguez ensures that it’s the best treatment choice to manage your condition.   

Dr. Rodriguez cares about you and understands a hysterectomy is a major step in treatment. Call Gynecologic Oncology Specialists or schedule a consultation online to learn your options.