Hysterectomy Specialist

Jonathan Tam, MD

OB-GYN located in Pasadena, CA

Today's hysterectomy procedures may use minimally-invasive techniques for faster recovery and less discomfort. As a top-ranked Ob-Gyn in Pasadena, California, Dr. Jonathan Tam is skilled in traditional and minimally-invasive approaches to hysterectomy, selecting the method that's most appropriate for each patient's needs.

Hysterectomy Q & A

When is a hysterectomy performed?

Hysterectomy, or removal of all or part of the uterus, may be performed for many reasons, including:

  • Cancer of the uterus or cervix
  • Very heavy or abnormal menstrual bleeding, including heavy bleeding during perimenopause (a condition called menorrhagia)
  • Presence of large and symptomatic fibroids or other growths
  • Endometriosis, a condition that causes uterine tissue to grow outside the uterus
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Uterine prolapse, where the uterus descends into the vaginal canal causing pain and other symptoms

Sometimes, the ovaries are also removed in a procedure called oophorectomy.

How is a hysterectomy performed?

That depends on why the procedure is being performed as well as the patient's health and anatomy. Some hysterectomies may be performed using minimally-invasive techniques with very small incisions in the abdomen or through incisions made in the vaginal wall. Minimally invasive hysterectomies (sometimes called laparoscopic hysterectomies) generally are associated with fewer risks and less postoperative discomfort. Laparoscopic procedures use a special scope to take images inside the body and project those images to a monitor so the doctor can view them while performing the surgery. Other women may require hysterectomies that use larger incisions to remove the uterus, especially if uterine cancer is present. Open incisions enable the doctor to ensure all the cancerous tissue is removed.

How will I feel following a hysterectomy?

Hysterectomies typically require a one- or two-day hospital stay to enable the patient to be observed during the initial stages of healing. There will be some discomfort which can vary based on the approach used for the surgery, and pain medicines can be used to provide relief. For about a week or two after the procedure, patients will need to wear sanitary napkins (pads) to control bleeding; tampons cannot be used. Patients will also need to avoid sexual intercourse and strenuous activity for about six weeks.

Insurance Information

Sometimes these can be an HMO, please call our office to verify: Medi-Cal and Medicare. For the following, we accept PPO and HMO (medical group needs to be Allied Pacific or Healthcare Partners): Aetna, Cigna, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, HealthNet and United Healthcare.

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