Hysterectomy Specialist

Women's Health Partnership Medical Group

OB-GYNs & Midwives located in Ventura, CA

When other procedures won’t relieve pain or reduce heavy menstrual bleeding, you may need a hysterectomy. Dr. Patrick Diesfeld and his team specialize in obstetrical and gynecologic care at Women’s Health Partnership Medical Group in Ventura, California. With more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Diesfeld is an expert at performing hysterectomies. He’s also the inventor and patent-holder of minimally-invasive surgical instrumentation and has lectured at International surgical conferences. If you have concerns about undergoing a hysterectomy, call today or schedule a consultation online.

Hysterectomy Q&A

What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove a woman’s uterus. It’s sometimes necessary to remove the uterus due to fibroids, bleeding, or lack of pelvic support. This surgery is now considered a last resort since many new techniques are available to treat these conditions on an outpatient basis.

When is a hysterectomy necessary?

The most common reasons you may need a hysterectomy include:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Uterine, cervix, or ovarian cancer
  • Uterine prolapse

For reasons other than cancer, a hysterectomy is usually the last resort when all other options have been exhausted.

What is the procedure for a hysterectomy?

Should you need a hysterectomy, there are three surgical approaches. In order of least invasive to more invasive, they are:

  • Vaginal hysterectomy: removing the uterus through an incision in your vagina
  • Laparoscopic: a tiny tube and lighted camera is inserted through an incision, and small instrument are used, avoiding an abdominal incision.
  • Abdominal: open surgery that requires an incision on your abdomen, and a hospital stay

Dr. Diesfeld is considered an expert in hysterectomies with thousands of cases over more than 30 years. He also had the privilege of precepting with the eminent vaginal surgeon, the late Dr. David Nichols of Harvard University. Dr. Diesfeld has an appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA School of Medicine, Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Dr. Diesfeld has personally trained every UCLA graduate surgical resident, over the past Ten years, now numbering over 100 Surgeons. Many have pursued teaching as well, and are now Professors.He helped introduce minimally-invasive techniques to this area and is an inventor and patent-holder for minimally-invasive surgical instrumentation.

What is removed during a hysterectomy?

Your individual case determines the outcome of your hysterectomy. In a total hysterectomy, Dr. Diesfeld removes the entire uterus and cervix. With certain types of cancer, it may be necessary to remove the supporting structures around the uterus as well.

In some cases, a hysterectomy may also include removing your ovaries and fallopian tubes. Women with a high risk of certain cancers may choose to have their ovaries removed during a hysterectomy to reduce the risk of cancer.

Should you need a hysterectomy, Dr. Diesfeld and the medical team at Women’s Health Partnership Medical Group provide state-of-the-art options and university-level care, each patient is carefully evaluated, and the specific operation is individually tailored to their particular needs. Call either the Ventura locations, or schedule an appointment using the online booking system.