Hysterectomy Specialist

Fox Valley Comprehensive Women's Health Care

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Elgin, IL

A hysterectomy is a major procedure that removes your uterus and possibly other tissue and organs in your pelvic area. At Fox Valley Comprehensive Women’s Health Care in Elgin, Illinois, OB/GYNs Dr. Rachel Kulsak and Dr. Pamorn Kulsak provide hysterectomies to women who elect the surgery or need it for medical reasons. To find out more about vaginal and laparoscopic hysterectomies, call the office or book an appointment online.


What are the types of hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy involves removal of the uterus and sometimes one or more of the surrounding organs and tissues. The type of hysterectomy you may require depends on your case. The types of hysterectomy include:

  • A supracervical hysterectomy: removes the upper part of the uterus but not the cervix
  • A total hysterectomy: removes the uterus and cervix
  • A total hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy: removes the uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, and ovaries
  • A radical hysterectomy: removes the uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, ovaries, the upper portion of the vagina, and lymph nodes

A radical hysterectomy is usually indicated in the case of cervical or uterine cancer. Drs. Rachel and Pamorn Kulsak direct you to the surgery that makes the most sense for your situation.

A hysterectomy ends your menstrual cycles and means you can no longer have children.

Why would a woman need a hysterectomy?

You may need a hysterectomy for a number of medical reasons that include:

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding that can’t be resolved with less invasive treatments
  • Painful uterine fibroids increasing in size
  • Severe cases of endometriosis
  • Uterine prolapse

If you have pelvic pain that fails to improve with other treatments, a hysterectomy may be the best treatment plan. A hysterectomy is also indicated in some cases of cancer.

What is a vaginal hysterectomy?

Drs. Rachel and Pamorn Kulsak perform a vaginal hysterectomy using a laparoscopic technique.

During this procedure, they make a small incision in your vagina to gently insert a tube equipped with a small camera. The camera projects an image of your uterus onto a screen in the operating room so the doctors can remove your uterus through your vagina with the utmost precision.

The smaller incisions associated with laparoscopic surgery mean less blood loss, minimal scarring, and reduced risk of infection. You also experience less post-surgical pain and a faster recovery. Not every woman is a candidate for a vaginal laparoscopic hysterectomy; your doctor reviews your symptoms and health to make sure it’s the right surgery for you.

To learn more about your options for hysterectomy, call the office of Fox Valley Comprehensive Women’s Health Care or book an appointment online.

*Individual results may vary