Hysterectomy Specialist

Emily Sikking, MD

OBGYN located in Santa Monica, CA

Emily Sikking, MD/OBGYN, provides hysterectomy planning, guidance, counseling, surgery, and follow-up services in Santa Monica, CA. She understands the impact, whether positive or negative, a hysterectomy can have on women and their families and takes great pride in finding the best solution for each unique patient.

Hysterectomy

by Emily Sikking, MD

Are there options besides hysterectomy?

There is no single answer to this question, but Dr. Sikking takes special care to ensure every patient has the opportunity to have this question answered thoroughly and accurately before moving forward with a hysterectomy. Every case is unique and individual, and in many cases there are multiple steps to take before hysterectomy to address the underlying issue.

When is hysterectomy beneficial?

Hysterectomy can be an effective treatment for uterine, ovarian, or cervical cancer; uterine hemorrhage; fibroids; prolapse; endometriosis; and other diseases and conditions. Hysterectomy is only recommended when the benefits outweigh the risks.

Dr. Sikking is highly trained in the robotic-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy, a minimally invasive procedure, which inflicts less pain at the incision site and allows patients to go home after a short time in the hospital or even the same day as the procedure. However, this procedure should be used only in appropriate cases. 

How long is the recovery period following a hysterectomy?

The recovery period depends on the type of hysterectomy performed and each woman’s unique medical history and healing process. Women who have had a vaginal hysterectomy generally need a full 2-4 weeks to recover completely, while women who have an abdominal hysterectomy may need as many as 8 weeks to fully heal. It’s important that patients attend all of their post-op appointments and follow their restrictions closely until they are lifted by their OBGYN.

Who can perform a hysterectomy?

Board-certified OBGYNs specialize in women’s reproductive health and receive the most up-to-date training on surgical procedures like hysterectomy. In addition, OBGYNs are passionate about women’s health. Dr. Sikking is not only focused on providing the best medical care to her patients, but also addressing the patient’s emotional needs throughout the process.

What’s the difference between a partial and total hysterectomy?

In a partial hysterectomy, only the uterus is removed. On the contrary, the uterus and cervix together are removed during a total hysterectomy. Often times the fallopian tubes are also removed since, in some patients, they are a risk factor in developing ovarian cancer. The type of procedure recommended depends on the underlying problem the doctor is aiming to resolve through a hysterectomy. Patients are urged to discuss their individual conditions, symptoms, and goals with Dr. Sikking before undergoing a procedure.

How are hormones produced following a hysterectomy?

If the ovaries are removed as a part of a hysterectomy, hormone levels will need to be addressed. Instant menopause can be much more difficult to endure than natural menopause, in which hormone levels slowly decline over a period of several years. In most cases, women are treated with hormone replacement therapy to ease the symptoms of instant menopause and help balance hormones.