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Susanne Ramos, MD

OB/GYNs located in Santa Barbara, CA

The decision to remove your uterus is never easy, but the procedure itself is common and addresses many conditions when other treatment options fail. Dr. Susanne Ramos and her team in Santa Barbara, California, can help you understand every alternative so you can make the right choice for your situation. Dr. Ramos performs state-of-the art, minimally-invasive surgery to reduce your recovery time. Call the office or book online for your consultation.

Hysterectomy Q & A

Side angle photo of a healthcare professional utilizing a robotic surgical system

Why might I choose a hysterectomy?

Once a woman reaches menopause, the effective usefulness of the uterus is at an end. That alone is not a reason alone to have a hysterectomy, but it can make the decision easier, if it’s creating other health issues for you. There are diseases and conditions affecting the uterus that can cause major pain and discomfort, and though some may affect women of any age, hysterectomy is usually considered a last resort until becoming pregnant is no longer wanted or possible.

Any woman who is at high risk for cancer may choose an elective hysterectomy to reduce the chances of developing cancer in the future. Dr. Ramos can help you decide if this is an option in your case.

Why might I need a hysterectomy?

Hysterectomy is the obvious choice if you already have cancer of the uterus or surrounding organs such as the ovaries, cervix, or fallopian tubes. Hysterectomy may also be an option if you have:

  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Chronic, unexplained pain
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Prolapsed uterus

There are several types of hysterectomies. A total hysterectomy removes the entire uterus and cervix, while a partial hysterectomy takes only the uterus and leaves the cervix in place. Radical hysterectomy may include removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries as well, and it’s typically performed in cases of pelvic cancer and severe endometriosis.

The procedure itself may be done as an open or laparoscopic surgical procedure. Dr. Ramos uses the da Vinci® Surgical System to minimize impact on her patients’ bodies.

What is the da Vinci Surgical System?

The da Vinci system is a robotic device a physician uses to perform laparoscopic surgery. The da Vinci gives the surgeon a high-definition, 3-D view of the inside of the body during surgery. It uses small incisions and robotically-operated instruments controlled remotely by the surgeon. These tiny instruments have mobility, precision, and articulation far beyond the capability of the surgeon’s hands.

While the da Vinci system is used for many types of surgery, it is well-suited for minimally-invasive hysterectomy procedures, which is one of the most common surgeries performed on women.

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