Hysterectomy Specialist

Central Oregon OB/GYN

OBGYNs located in Bend, OR

Many women have exhausted all other options without relief the from pain and discomfort of endometriosis or fibroids, and a hysterectomy might be their final option. A hysterectomy might also be medically necessary when cancer is present. Erin LeGrand, DO, FACOG and John Murphy, MD, FACOG of Central Oregon OB/GYN in Bend, Oregon, understand that this is a critical decision. They discuss the risks, benefits, and alternatives of every type of hysterectomy to help women make informed decisions about their health and wellness. Call to schedule an appointment today.

Hysterectomy Q&A

What is a hysterectomy?

Dr. LeGrand and Dr. Murphy recommend hysterectomy surgery for many different reasons, usually after more conservative treatment options have been exhausted. For some women, especially those facing cancer, a hysterectomy may be medically necessary.

There are four types of hysterectomy surgeries:

    • Partial: the upper part of the uterus is removed while the cervix remains
    • Total: the entire uterus and cervix are removed
    • Radical: the uterus, all surrounding tissue, and the top part of the vagina are removed, usually when cancer is detected
    • Hysterectomy and bilateral salpingectomy-oophorectomy: removal of the uterus, cervix, both tubes and both ovaries



Why is a hysterectomy done?

Treating the following conditions may include hysterectomy surgery:

  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Endometriosis
  • Gynecologic cancers
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Uterine prolapse, when the uterus drops down and presses into the vaginal space

What should I expect from hysterectomy surgery?

Modern hysterectomy surgery is much less painful and requires less downtime than it did years ago. At Central Oregon OB/GYN, Dr. LeGrand and Dr. Murphy use different methods to perform hysterectomies.

To determine which method is best for you, they consider your overall health, symptoms, reason for surgery, and how your lifestyle may impact your recovery. Hysterectomies are performed:


  • Abdominally: through an incision in the lower abdomen, recommended when the uterus is very large
  • Laparoscopically: through a small incision near the belly button for reduced pain and risk of infection
  • Robotically: with the aid of the da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgical device for minimal blood loss and a shorter hospital stay
  • Vaginally: through the vagina, offers the shortest healing time and no incision

Some women experience vaginal bleeding or discharge for several weeks after surgery. You should avoid strenuous activity during your recovery, gets lots of rest, and report any pain, nausea, vomiting, or excessive bleeding to your doctor.

Dr. LeGrand and Dr. Murphy discuss every aspect of surgery with you, so you know what to expect. After surgery, your doctor monitors your recovery closely to make sure you’re progressing without complications.

Hysterectomy surgery gives many women back their lives - free from chronic pain and discomfort. To discuss if surgery is right for you, call to schedule an appointment today.