Hysterectomy Specialist

Steven R.  Poliakoff, MD -  - Gynecologic Oncologist

Steven R. Poliakoff, MD

Gynecologic Oncologist & Gynecologist located in South Miami, FL & Miami Beach, FL

As many as 500,000 women in the United States undergo a hysterectomy every year, making it the second most common surgical procedure among women. Steven R. Poliakoff, MD, with offices in South Miami and Miami Beach, Florida, is renowned for his surgical expertise. He performs hysterectomies using the most advanced techniques, including using the da Vinci® Surgical System for minimally invasive robotic surgery. For more information about your surgical options for a hysterectomy, call the office today or request an appointment online.

Hysterectomy Q&A

What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure in which Dr. Poliakoff removes your womb, also known as your uterus.  

The different types of hysterectomies include:

Total hysterectomy

A total hysterectomy is the most common hysterectomy and removes both your uterus and your cervix.

Subtotal hysterectomy

During a subtotal hysterectomy, only the upper portion of your uterus is removed and your cervix remains.

Radical hysterectomy

A radical hysterectomy is most often recommended as a treatment for cancer, such as cervical or uterine cancer. During a radical hysterectomy, your uterus, cervix, the upper portion of your vagina, and some of the surrounding tissue are removed.

No matter what type of hysterectomy you need, your ovaries and fallopian tubes may or may not be removed. Whether you need to have them removed depends on the reason for your hysterectomy. The estrogen produced by your ovaries protects you from heart disease and osteoporosis, and removal may not be recommended if you haven’t gone through menopause.

Who needs a hysterectomy?

Dr. Poliakoff determines if you would benefit from a hysterectomy after a comprehensive evaluation. Common gynecologic conditions that may require a hysterectomy include:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Gynecologic cancers
  • Heavy vaginal bleeding
  • Uterine prolapse


While in some cases a hysterectomy is medically necessary, if possible, Dr. Poliakoff may try less invasive treatments for your gynecologic condition.

How is a hysterectomy performed?

Dr. Poliakoff is a skilled gynecologic surgeon and can perform your hysterectomy using one of many different techniques. He determines the best treatment option for you based on your medical history and your specific condition.

When possible, he can perform your hysterectomy using the da Vinci system in a minimally invasive robot-assisted surgical procedure. During the surgery, Dr. Poliakoff removes your uterus using a robotic tool that creates precise, small incisions to minimize scarring and blood loss.

What can I expect after a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a major surgery, even when conducted as a minimally invasive procedure, and you need to take some time to recover. In addition to getting relief from your symptoms, you will no longer menstruate after a hysterectomy. If your ovaries and fallopian tubes are removed, you may also experience menopausal symptoms.

For expert gynecologic and surgical care from an experienced physician, call Dr. Poliakoff’s office today or request an appointment online.