Hysterectomy Specialist

Linda Sodoma, DO, FACOG -  - Gynecologist

Life Care for Women

Linda Sodoma, DO, FACOG

Gynecologist located in Gilbert, AZ

Following cesarean births, hysterectomies are the second most common surgery for women in the United States: Approximately 500,000 women undergo hysterectomy surgery every year. A hysterectomy, or the surgical removal of a woman’s uterus — and possibly her fallopian tubes and ovaries, too — is usually performed to treat a serious medical condition. At Life Care for Women in Gilbert, Arizona, Dr. Linda Sodoma offers minimally invasive hysterectomies and helps her patients manage the hormonal changes that follow. If you’re in the Phoenix area and you’d like to learn more, call or book your appointment online today.

Hysterectomy Q & A

Why are hysterectomies necessary?

A hysterectomy is sometimes the best treatment choice to address serious gynecological health disorders, including:

Cancer or precancerous conditions

If you have cancer or precancerous cells of the ovaries, cervix, uterus, or endometrium (the uterine lining), a hysterectomy may be the best option for complete treatment success.

Endometriosis

This painful disorder occurs when the tissues that line your uterus grow outside of the organ itself. Endometriosis can cause severe pelvic pain and heavy periods. Although other treatments exist, a hysterectomy is the only way to cure the condition completely.

Uterine fibroids

These noncancerous growths in or along the wall of your uterus can cause pain and heavy bleeding. Fibroids are the most common reason for hysterectomy surgery.

Uterine prolapse

A hysterectomy is sometimes the best way to resolve uterine prolapse, a condition in which your uterus slips out of place and moves down into your vagina. Uterine prolapse can cause urinary and bowel problems.

What is removed in a hysterectomy?

Although the exact nature of any hysterectomy surgery depends on why it’s being done, all hysterectomies have one thing in common: They involve the removal, at least in part, of the uterus.

  • Total hysterectomy: your uterus and cervix are removed.
  • Partial hysterectomy: the upper part of your uterus is removed.
  • Radical hysterectomy: your uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, and ovaries are removed

A radical hysterectomy is usually done to treat cancer.

How is a hysterectomy performed?

A hysterectomy can be performed one of three ways: through an incision in the abdomen, through the vaginal canal, or laparoscopically. The way a doctor chooses to perform the surgery partly depends on the structures that need to be removed; a partial hysterectomy can usually be performed laparoscopically, for example.

Whenever possible, Dr. Sodoma uses minimally invasive da Vinci robotic surgery. This advanced laparoscopic procedure allows her to perform surgery with miniature instruments through tiny incisions, using magnified, high-definition 3D images as a guide. As a result, you’ll experience:

  • Less physical trauma and pain
  • Less blood loss
  • A minimal amount of scarring
  • Fewer post-surgery complications
  • A faster recovery

What can I expect following a hysterectomy?

Because a hysterectomy is a major surgery, recovery can take time. You can expect to have some pain for the first few days of recovery, and some amount of vaginal bleeding and discharge for a few weeks.

Constipation is also normal following hysterectomy surgery. If your ovaries are removed, you’ll begin to experience menopause symptoms.