Hysterectomy Specialist

Melissa G. Drake, M.D. -  - OB-GYN

Melissa G. Drake, M.D.

OB-GYN & Women’s Health Doctor located in Santa Barbara, CA

A hysterectomy, which is a procedure to remove your uterus, is a decision that should never be taken lightly since it effectively puts an end to your ability to conceive. Dr. Drake understands this better than most, and provides her patients in Santa Barbara, California, with the best care should a hysterectomy prove to be the only option. If you'd like to weigh the pros and cons of a hysterectomy with Dr. Drake, call or book an appointment online.

Hysterectomy Q & A

What is a hysterectomy?

In the simplest of terms, a hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove your uterus. There are several versions of this procedure, including:

Partial hysterectomy

Dr. Drake removes the upper part of your uterus, leaving your cervix in place.

Total hysterectomy

Dr. Drake removes your entire uterus and your cervix.

Radical hysterectomy

Dr. Drake removes your uterus, your cervix, surrounding tissue, and the top section of your vagina. This type of hysterectomy is typically reserved for cases when cancer is involved.

To decide which hysterectomy is right for you, you can sit down with Dr. Drake to learn about options and decide on the procedure that’s best for your health concerns.


Why do I need a hysterectomy?

If you suffer from uterine issues, Dr. Drake may recommend a hysterectomy, especially if the issues don’t respond to other treatments. These medical problems may include:

  • Painful endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Uterine prolapse (when your uterus drops down into your vagina)
  • Adenomyosis
  • Cancer

Dr. Drake typically turns to a hysterectomy after she’s exhausted all over avenues to solve your medical problem. If medications, waiting, and lifestyle changes don’t resolve your discomfort, a hysterectomy often puts an end to your medical problem, once and for all.


How is a hysterectomy performed?

Dr. Drake has considerable experience using laparoscopic techniques and always tries to minimize the surgical procedure by choosing the least invasive option possible. The following are the surgical options, which Dr. Drake determines on a case-by-case basis:

Laparoscopic surgery

Dr. Drake makes tiny incisions in your abdomen, through which she threads small, specialized equipment and cameras. Using this equipment, she operates remotely using a video monitor to precisely direct the equipment to remove your uterus.

Vaginal hysterectomy

Dr. Drake goes in through your vagina to take out your uterus, leaving no outward scarring.

Open surgery

Dr. Drake makes an incision in your abdomen and removes your uterus.

Emergency hysterectomy

Dr. Drake is trained in surgical emergencies, including emergency hysterectomies and massive transfusions, should the need arise.

To learn more about the hysterectomy procedure and how it may benefit you, call Dr. Melissa Drake, or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.