Dr. Ahdoot introduces himself and provides alternatives to the traditional hysterectomy.
Hi, my name is David Ahdoot. I am a board certified OB/GYN, and I work at Saint John’s Hospital, which services the greater Los Angeles area.
We now have a lot of new exciting, different ways of doing a hysterectomy. The whole point of it would be to decrease the invasiveness of the procedure and increase the speed with which the patient recovers.
One alternative, which has been around for many years, is a vaginal hysterectomy. Another alternative is a laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy where with the assist of a camera, we look from above as we complete the hysterectomy, partially from intra-abdominal approach and partially from vaginal approach.
Another new exciting method is the robotic method of performing hysterectomy, which has adopted similar methods except you literally have a robot assisting or actually performing the surgery. Of course, the main surgeon is in charge, but with a robot you have the ability to use multiple hands, and multiple different techniques are combined within the same procedure, and the idea would be to, again, decrease recovery rate of infection and the speed with which the patient can get back to work.
Depending on the reasons the person’s having the hysterectomy, there is always other alternatives. For example, for those who have abnormal bleeding, an endometrial ablation is a simple vaginal procedure, which is an outpatient procedure, that’s meant to decrease the level of bleeding while evaluating what is the purpose of that bleeding, and if the whole source of the problem is just vaginal bleeding or excess vaginal bleeding with no underlying pathology, the ablation would simply take care of that problem and it’s only an outpatient procedure.
Alternatively, there are women who qualify for embolization of their uterine artery, which is, again, an outpatient or an overnight procedure that avoids the actual hysterectomy procedure and in 50% of the time gives a good outcome.
But in patients who have a prolapsed uterus or severely large fibroids or other underlying pathology where less invasive procedures may not be as effective, there are alternatives to the actual hysterectomy such as a supracervical hysterectomy where the cervix is not removed, which decreases the rate of infection such as laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy and now the most recent procedure is a robotic hysterectomy.
The idea, again, would be to decrease the time it takes to get back to work and physical activity and also decrease the rate of infection.
About Dr. David Ahdoot, M.D.:
David Ahdoot specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California. He attended medical school at the University of California San Diego Medical Center. Later he went on to do his internship and residency at the University of California Irvine Medical Center. With more than 16 years experience, Dr. Ahdoot is a Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.