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Dr. Katherine Sutherland

Gynecology
Mt. View, CA
44 years experience female

Locations

Office

Mt. View, CA

Address

Women Physician's GYN Medical Group, 2485 Hospital Dr., Suite 221, Mt. View, CA
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About

Bio

Following medical school and residency at Stanford, Dr. Sutherland began private practice in Mt. View. In 1983, she cofounded Women Physicians Ob-Gyn Medical Group which set the standard in the community for Care of Women by Women. She stopped delivering babies in 2010. She now focuses her full-time practice on health care for women of all ages. She has a special interest in gynecologic issues including pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, fibroids, endometriosis, and ovarian cysts. She began using the daVinci robot in 2009 and now does almost all of her laparoscopies, myomectomies, and hysterectomies using that minimally invasive technique. In 1995, she was diagnosed with an early and treatable breast cancer. Since that time, she has been actively involved with cancer prevention, early diagnosis and treatment. She is active in cancer volunteer organizations, including Relay For Life of Mountain View and PINCC. She is married with 2 grown daughters who are pursuing careers in international business and international law.

Specialties
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Gynecology

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Doctor Q&A

274 Answers
360 Agrees
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Not common: If you have never had intercourse, don't be concerned about not being able to tolerate it. You can prepare by using tampons and becoming familiar wit... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Yes: I have been using the davinci robot for almost all of my gynecologic procedures for the past 3 years. Prior to that, i did laparoscopic procedures wi... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Cyst: A mucinous cystadenoma is a cyst of the ovary which is lined by cells which produce mucin, a gelatinous-type material. It is benign 80% of the time b... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Depends: If the ovaries are removed at the same time as the uterus, a woman will suddenly begin menopause. If one or both ovaries are still functioning (preme... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Many possibilities: Heavy irregular bleeding could be due to a hormonal balance, fibroids, polyps, ovarian cysts, or even a uterine cancer or cervical cancer. You should... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Yes: Herpes simplex virus in the genital area can shed from anywhere in a "bathing trunk" distribution including upper thighs, buttocks and the pubic hair ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Rarely: Some women will experience a very early or premature menopause in the 30s and symptoms may start up to 5 years before the periods stop. Nonetheless,... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Risk vs. Benefit: If you are at high risk of ovarian cancer, such as carriers of a brca or lynch mutation, or women whose mothers have ovarian cancer, the surgery is yo... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Depends: The iud is immediately effective for pregnancy prevention, but it does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases. If you or your partner are ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
6 weeks: It generally takes 6 weeks for healing to be complete.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
No: Doctors charge according to the procedure performed, not according to the technique they use. A robot hysterectomy requires extra training for a phys... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
No: Pre-cancer of the cervix, also called dysplasia, is often treated with leep surgery which would not affect a tubal ligation. More serious invasive ca... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Not necessarily: A fibroadenoma is a benign breast lump that does not turn into cancer or necessitate removal. Sometimes they shrink over time or after a biopsy. Th... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Not long: You should begin walking right away, though you may not be able to walk as long as you did preoperatively. You can add light activities and gentle st... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Several kinds: A high pH usually suggest bacterial vaginosis, trichomonas, or menopause. White blood cells can be a red flag for chlamydia, gonorrhea, or pid but ar... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
No: Dizzy spells are not a usual symptom of perimenopause. You should be checked by your doctor, especially if there is a chance of pregnancy. A tubal p... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Yes: During breastfeeding, you can use progesterone-only birth control pills. You should avoid estrogen containing pills because they can decrease your mi... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Many factors: The risk of endometrial cancer is increased by obesity, diabetes, and persistently high estrogen levels, such as may occur with a condition like polyc... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Yes: At less than 3 or 4 months of age, a baby can't get too much cuddling, contact, and comfort, including rocking to sleep. Though there is some debate ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Late 40s/ early 50s: The average age of menopause, defined as the very last period, is 51 though it can vary anywhere from 45 to 55. Perimenopause generally refers to th... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Keep track.: Weigh yourself weekly and aim to gain 1/2 to 1 pound per week. The doctor weighs you at each visit, but we sometimes see patients gain 12-15 pounds i... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
No: Fragmin (dalteparin) is an anticoagulant or blood thinner that may be necessary in pregnancy to prevent or treat blood clots. It is rated as a catego... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
6 weeks: You can usually first see the baby's heart beat and the fetal pole on an ultrasound at 6 to 6.5 weeks from the last menstrual period or 4 to 4.5 weeks... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Yes: Childbirth classes can help you prepare for your delivery and thereby reduce anxiety about a very exciting but terrifying experience. And they are fu... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Fiber: First, try to avoid hemorrhoids by increasing fiber, fluids, and regular exercise. Minimize straining or sitting for long periods. If they occur, use... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Yes: Pregnancy and nursing can reduce the risk of uterine cancer. Other risk reducing strategies like maintaining a normal weight, eating a low-fat diet, ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
No: The ultrasound and mammogram complement each other, but neither is fail proof on its own. The mammogram is much better at picking up small microcalci... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Encourage Labor: Your doctor may strip the membranes if you are at or past your due date to encourage labor. If the cervix has started to dilate, the doctor can slip ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Both: The PCR technique used for both is very sensitive for even very small amounts of chlamydia. If a urine is obtained, don't do a midstream "clean-catch... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
No: Although it is common to gain extra weight, it is not the best thing for you or your pregnancy. You are more likely to develop gestational diabetes.... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Depends: The cost of genetic testing is a moving target these days as the costs of sequencing has come down substantially. Several companies are offering pane... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
No: Most laparoscopic oophorectomies can be done on an outpatient basis, meaning you have the surgery in a surgicenter or hospital but you go home the sam... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Yes: Different labs have different upper limits of normal, but 8.6 would be normal for most labs. The ca125 test has many false positives and false negati... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
No: Brca testing requires a doctor's order. It is important that you have counseling to understand what is being tested for and what the results will mea... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Yes: A pelvic exam to check the uterus and ovaries can be done at any time, including during heavy bleeding. If the pelvic exam is being done to check for... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
3 to 7 days: Many women can have the procedure done on a friday and be able to return to work and light activities on monday though there will still be some sorene... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Not usually: The first pelvic exam is usually more scary than painful. If you have used a tampon, it should feel no more painful than that. If not, it may be a s... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Abnormalities: The doctor will check for 1) vulva problems like herpes of thinning of the vulva, 2) vaginal problems like discharge due to yeast or bv, 3) cervical ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Yes: With rare exceptions, i recommend a rectal exam with the pelvic exam. It allows the doctor to feel behind the uterus making it easier to detect ovari... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
See your doctor: It is not normal to still have pain 6 months after an oophorectomy. The cause of the pain should be diagnosed and treated. If the surgery was done f... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
No: The pap smear is just a screening device that samples cells from a scraping. A more precise diagnosis requires a colposcopy and biopsy to look at a p... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Maybe: The best solution for you will depend on the size and location of the fibroids and your age. It may be possible to control your symptoms with endomet... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
NSAIDs: Over the counter medicines called nsaids, like Ibuprofen (brand name - Motrin or advil) or naprosyn (brand name aleve) are very effective. If cramps ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Yes: A strong family history, especially one that includes a male breast cancer, is a red flag for a possible gene mutation, like brca 1 or 2, that is asso... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Yes: Alcohol, especially in conjunction with smoking, can increase the risk of head and neck cancers (mouth, larynx, pharynx) and esophageal cancer. Alcoh... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Go for a check-up: Black loose stools can be a sign of blood that could be coming from high in the GI tract. Blood in the stool should never be ignored. Sometimes the ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
8 hrs: Leave the diaphragm in for 8 hours after intercourse. If you have sex again before the 8 hours is up, do not remove the diaphragm, but add more of th... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Minimally invasive: A robotic hysterectomy is a type of laparoscopic hysterectomy using small incisions which means less pain and shorter recovery time than a large incis... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Depends: If you test positive for a known mutation, you have an increased lifetime risk of ovarian cancer, 40% for brca and 12% for lynch syndrome. If you tes... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Pap smear and biopsy: The pap smear is a good screen to suggest that atypical cells or dysplastic cells are present. Because the pap is performed blindly, it doesn't alway... Read More

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HealthTap member
Jun 18, 2012
very helpful answers to the question i asked. would very much recommend Dr. Katherine Sutherland.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Sutherland is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Sutherland is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks so much for getting back to me. Your office called and followed up and I'll be sending over my medical records to you in the next few days. Happy 4th of July!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I am 34 , hysterectomy with one ovary I had the same question, same symptoms I will schedule an apt. Tomorrow . Thank you!
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thank you we are working on everything that can be done I will be having a MRI tomarrow I am really praying its nothing major.I do want to have babies ono day.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Stanford University School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1978MD

Residency

STANFORD HOSPITAL

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor
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Affiliations

Women Physicians GYN Medical Group
Genomics Medical Institute of El Camino Hospital
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