Women 2 Women Medical Center
G. Lara Bhatnagar, MD
OBGYN located in Irvine, CA
About one-third of American women have had a hysterectomy by the time they turn 60. At Women 2 Women Medical Center, G. Lara Bhatnagar, MD, provides hysterectomies with the advantages of a quick recovery and barely noticeable scars. A board-certified OB/GYN, Dr. Bhatnagar has performed upwards of 1,000 successful surgeries. Call the office in Irvine, California, or book a consultation online to discuss your options for a hysterectomy.
Hysterectomy Q & A
What is a hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a common surgery to remove your uterus and sometimes other organs. At Women 2 Women Medical Center, Dr. Bhatnagar may recommend this procedure to treat uterine fibroids, uterine prolapse, endometriosis, and other women’s health conditions. After a hysterectomy, you can no longer bear children.
Are there different kinds of hysterectomies?
Hysterectomies are not all the same and come in different types, such as:
During this procedure, Dr. Bhatnagar removes your entire uterus as well as your cervix.
Dr. Bhatnagar leaves your cervix, but removes the top part of your uterus. This kind of hysterectomy is also called a partial hysterectomy.
Generally, Dr. Bhatnagar recommends this type of hysterectomy if you have cancer. The procedure involves removing your uterus and surrounding structures.
How is my hysterectomy surgery performed?
Dr. Bhatnagar uses a minimally invasive approach to perform your hysterectomy. She performs your procedure in a surgical facility or a hospital, and you can go home the same day.
She typically performs what’s known as a laparoscopic hysterectomy. This kind of hysterectomy requires only a few small incisions in your abdomen.
Compared to a conventional "open" hysterectomy, which requires a large cut in your abdomen, laparoscopic surgery leaves scars that are hardly noticeable. Laparoscopic hysterectomy also causes less pain and carries a lower risk of infection.
What should I expect after my hysterectomy?
Expect some pain for the first few days following your procedure. Dr. Bhatnagar prescribes pain relievers to minimize any discomfort.
You'll wear pads to contain any bleeding and discharge. Don't use tampons or insert anything in your vagina for six weeks following our procedure.
It's common to have some constipation after your hysterectomy. The team at Women 2 Women Medical Center walks you through what to expect and the post-surgery steps to follow to promote your healing. Although rest is important to your recovery, they also recommend you gradually increase your activity and take short walks when you're ready.
If you’ve been exploring the idea of getting a hysterectomy, rely on the caring, experienced women’s health team at Women 2 Women Medical Center. Call today, or schedule a consultation online to learn more about your options for a hysterectomy.