Hysterectomy Specialist

Richard Lorenzo, DO -  - OB-GYN

Complete Healthcare for Women

Richard Lorenzo, DO

OB-GYN located in Richland, WA

Sometimes, the only way to treat a gynecological condition is with a hysterectomy, which is the surgical removal of the uterus. Having a hysterectomy is not an easy process, but Dr. Richard Lorenzo of Complete Healthcare for Women in Richland, Washington, can advise you along the way. His practice offers compassionate support throughout the pre- and post-surgical process.

Hysterectomy Q & A

Why would I need a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a common procedure for women in the United States. You may need one in cases of:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Abnormal bleeding or chronic pelvic pain
  • Endometriosis
  • Gynecologic cancer

A hysterectomy means you’re no longer able to bear children, so Dr. Lorenzo will help explore all other possible options if you still want to have children.

Are all hysterectomies the same?

The type of hysterectomy you need and the structures affected depends on your particular health situation.

  • Total hysterectomies involve removal of the entire uterus and cervix
  • Partial hysterectomies usually remove the upper part of the uterus and leaves the cervix
  • Radical hysterectomies call for all of the uterus and some of the structures around the uterus to be removed

Dr. Lorenzo will work with you to determine which type of hysterectomy is necessary. In some cases, such as with gynecological cancers, you’ll also have structures around the uterus, such as the fallopian tubes and ovaries, removed.

How invasive is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that’s performed either through your vagina, with traditional surgery through your abdomen, or with laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Lorenzo will discuss the pros and cons of each option with you so you can decide together which is best for your situation.  An abdominal hysterectomy usually requires a longer hospital stay than the vaginal or laparoscopic options. Any of these hysterectomies are some of the safest surgeries performed, however.

What side effects occur with a hysterectomy?

You may have to stay in the hospital overnight or longer, depending on the type of hysterectomy performed. Once you go home, you will experience some discomfort and pain that can be managed with medications.  Some vaginal bleeding and discharge is to be expected, too. You may also experience significant emotions following the surgery. Don’t be afraid to reach out to the staff of Complete Healthcare for Women for support.

If you haven’t yet gone through menopause, you will experience it following a hysterectomy that removes your ovaries. Dr. Lorenzo will discuss hormone therapy options as a way to ease symptoms and protect you from osteoporosis.

For 6 weeks, Dr. Lorenzo will recommend against douching, sexual intercourse, and using tampons. Movement following your surgery is important. Follow all aftercare procedures recommended by Dr. Lorenzo and his staff.

Most Insurance Plans Accepted

At Complete Healthcare for Women, we participate with most insurance carriers. Here is a short list of plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance plan. If determined, we do not participate with your insurance company, we will submit claims for you as a courtesy. If the insurance company does not pay within 45-days, you will be responsible for payment of all charges.

Aetna
Assurant Health
Asuris Northwest Health
Cigna
Coventry
First Choice Health
Medicare
Molina Healthcare
Premera Blue Cross
Tricare
United Healthcare