Andrey Petrikovets, MD, FACOG
Urogynecologist located in Los Angeles, CA
Nearly 500,000 women in the United States undergo a hysterectomy every year. While common, a hysterectomy is a serious surgical procedure. Board-certified gynecologist, Andrey Petrikovets, MD, FACOG, is a skilled and experienced surgeon who utilizes the most advanced techniques to perform hysterectomies. To schedule a consultation to discuss your surgical options, call the Downtown Los Angeles, California, office or request an appointment online today.
Hysterectomy Q & A
What is a hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy refers to the surgical procedure that removes your entire uterus, also known as your womb. In some cases, your surgeon may also remove your ovaries and fallopian tubes.
Hysterectomies are very common and the second most common surgical procedure performed on women in the United States, only preceded by the cesarean section.
Why would I need a hysterectomy?
Like any surgery, a hysterectomy is a serious procedure and not usually the first treatment option to manage your gynecological condition. However, if you fail to get relief from your symptoms with more conservative treatments, Dr. Petrikovets may discuss surgical options with you.
The most common conditions treated with a hysterectomy include:
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Uterine prolapse
- Uterine, ovarian, cervical, or endometrial cancer
You can no longer get pregnant following a hysterectomy, and you should only get the procedure if you have no future pregnancy plans.
How is a hysterectomy performed?
Dr. Petrikovets is a skilled surgeon and utilizes the most advanced surgical techniques to perform your hysterectomy. Surgical options include:
The vaginal hysterectomy is considered a minimally invasive procedure in which your surgeon removes your uterus through a small incision in your vagina. Dr. Petrikovets may suggest a vaginal hysterectomy if you’re also suffering from a vaginal or uterine prolapse, which occurs due to the weakening of your pelvic floor muscles that causes the pelvic organs to fall into your vagina.
A laparoscopic hysterectomy is also a minimally invasive procedure. During this surgery, Dr. Petrikovets uses a laparoscope, which is a small surgical camera that he inserts through a tiny incision in your abdomen that generates a video of your internal organs. He then makes additional incisions for the surgical instruments, which he uses to remove your uterus.
A robotic hysterectomy is the most advanced surgical option for your hysterectomy. During the procedure, Dr. Petrikovets uses the da Vinci® surgical system, which has four robotic arms that he controls with a handheld device from a special console in the surgical room. With robotic-assisted surgery, Dr. Petrikovets can perform your hysterectomy with ultra-precision.
Dr. Petrikovets determines the best surgical method for you based on your need for a hysterectomy, your surgical history, and your overall health.
To schedule an appointment with the gynecological surgery expert, contact Andrey Petrikovets, MD, FACOG, by phone or online today.