Dr. Katherine Sutherland

Gynecology
Mt. View, CA
45 years experience female

Locations

Office

Mt. View, CA

Address

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

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 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
No: Your survival with breast cancer primarily depends on how advanced the tumor is when it is diagnosed, the tumor markers and how adequately it can be t... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Yes: Although the uterus may be slightly more swollen or bleed slightly more during the menses, this would not be significant enough to cancel the surgery.... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Hard to know: Most ovarian cancers are already stage 3 or 4 when they are diagnosed so we really don't know how long it took them to get there. In retrospect, many... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Yes: Fibroids, benign cysts, endometriomas, and endometriosis can all result in a positive ca-125 test. Ca-125 is not a good screening test for ovarian ca... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Prevention: If you have an undiagnosed bleeding disorder, you might go into a surgery or a delivery unprepared. Blood loss in those situations could be life-thre... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
2 days: Most men are ready to return to normal activities after 2 to 3 days of rest. If the procedure is done on a friday, they can be back at an office job ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
None: Endometriosis is not related to hair loss. The treatments for endometriosis, such as birth control pills or gnrh agonists (lupron) might have a small... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Risk factors?: Menopause is a major risk factor since the loss of estrogen leads to increased bone loss. Other important risks include increasing age, family histor... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Bloody discharge: The pelvic exam, especially if it included a pap smear, may have caused a small amount of bleeding from the cervix which then appeared to be a short t... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Goals: Genetic counseling is a discussion of a genetic condition with a patient to determine the likelihood the patient may carry a particular gene. Counseli... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Yes: Ghrelin is a hormone produced by the stomach that causes the hunger center in the brain to be activated. It is usually increased before a meal and de... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
4 disorders: An pelvic ultrasound may show 1)a pregnancy that is in the wrong place (ectopic) or that is miscarrying, 2) fibroids (benign growths coming from the w... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Yes: Factor v leiden is a genetic condition. If you have one copy of a fvl mutation, you are heterozygous with an increased risk of blood clotting. If yo... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
NSAID: The standard midol contains acetominophen (like tylenol), pyrilamine (an antihistamine) and caffeine. Often cramps are helped most by non-steroidal a... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Find out why: Some women will normally have spotting for a few days after the menstrual flow, but if there is spotting more than 5 days or any erratic spotting betw... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Many: A hysterectomy refers to removal of the uterus. This can be accomplished surgically through the vagina, through an open abdominal incision or by mini... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Squeezing: During a mammogram, the breast tissue is stretched forward and squeezed tightly between 2 plates. This may feel like pinching or even a sharp pain. ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
After healing: You should wait until the cervix is fully healed and there is no further discharge. This could take 4 to 6 weeks.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Yes: Joint aches are a common symptom of lack of estrogen. This can happen when the ovaries are removed surgically (surgical menopause) or with a natural ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Depends: This depends on the reason for the hysterectomy, the method used, and the skill of the surgeon. Cases with large fibroids, a lot of abdominal scar ti... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Depends: If a hysterectomy (removing the uterus) is done and the ovaries are not removed, there should be no hormone changes. If the ovaries are removed & a w... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
See your doctor: Most of the time, post-operative cramping would be getting better by 2 weeks. If it is getting worse, it could signal a complication like bleeding, i... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Reduce menses flow: A likely cause of endometriosis is retrograde flow or "back-wash" through the tubes during menses. Things that reduce flow, such as using oral contra... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Yes: Cervical dysplasia, or precancer cells, often go away without treatment and the hpv virus that stimulated the cells to become abnormal can also disapp... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Very different: Osteoporosis refers to thinning of the bones and generally affects the whole skeleton. It is a painless process unless a fracture occurs. Osteoarthr... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Stress management: Let go of the things you cannot fix, and focus on what's really important for you and your pregnancy.
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
By your LMP: The average length of a pregnancy is considered to be 38 weeks from the time of conception or 40 weeks from the first day of the last menstrual period... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Yes: Your immune system changes to keep it from rejecting the pregnancy. The baby is foreign tissue to your body, just like viruses or bacteria. During p... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
It varies: Most fibroids will grow during pregnancy, but usually cause no harm. There are, however, many potential complications including infertility, miscarri... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Yes: The texture of the breast does change after pregnancy and nursing and is unlikely to be as "perky" as before pregnancy. But most women adapt well to ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Minimal symptoms: Chlamydia can be a silent disease. There may be no symptoms at all for many months. The best way to make the diagnosis is by doing a PCR test for ch... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Not by itself: A hysterectomy, or removal of the uterus, will not cause menopause or other hormone changes. If the ovaries are removed at the same time, then menopa... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
No: Non-surgical treatments for endometriosis include 1) gnrh agonists, like lupron, (leuprolide) that cause a menopausal-like state to shrink the endomet... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
See a gynecologist: The first question your gynecologist will ask is what kind of help you need. Are you having heavy bleeding, pelvic pain, inability to become pregnant... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Many things: Cramps can be due to pelvic lesions. A classic cause of pain with intercourse is endometriosis. Other causes include fibroids, pelvic adhesions, ova... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Depends: It depends on why you missed your period. Women on birth control pills sometimes miss their period because the lining of the uterus becomes so thin t... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Many things: Common causes of pelvic pain/pressure are endometriosis, adhesions, fibroids, ovarian cysts, adenomyosis, and pelvic infections. Pelvic pain can also... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Uncertain: With normal ovulation, the Progesterone level 7 days after ovulation should be 15 or more. Is it possible you ovulated earlier or later than day 14? ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
No: It isn't common, however there are rare cases when an ovarian tumor or complex cyst can put pressure of the ureter and cause inflammation of the tissu... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Different purposes: "myo" refers to muscle. A myotomy is an incision into a muscle such as might be done to cut an overly tight muscle between the esophagus and stomach.... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Depends: A laparoscopy is a minimally invasive technique used for many different operations from a simple tubal ligation to a complex hysterectomy. Other oper... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Fibrocystic breast: A localized pain in the breast could be due to a breast cyst or to fibrocystic changes. Such pain may become worse due to the increased hormones pri... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Yes: Although 1 ovary is usually able to function quite well and prevent early menopause, it is possible that it is has stopped functioning. If you are ha... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Progesterone: The corpus luteum is a cyst in the ovary that forms after release of an egg and produces Progesterone hormones. This hormone causes a slight increase... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Low estrogen: Any low estrogen situations, such as postpartum and nursing or treatment with Lupron (leuprolide) or depo-provera can cause vaginal dryness. The vag... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Very little: Cystadenomas are benign and do not develop into cancer. If they are larger than 5 cm, they can twist and damage the ovary, or they can rupture causin... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Could be: Postmenopausal bleeding can be an early sign of cancer of the uterus so it should always be checked out. It can also be due to benign causes such as ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Fatigue: Most women will experience fatigue, minor bowel changes, vaginal discharge, pelvic discomfort, and incisional pain. Less common but significant probl... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Blood tests: Blood tests can be done before the surgery to test for pt, ptt, platelet count and even platelet function. Family history of a bleeding disorder can ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 45 years experience
Same : All surgeries carry similar risks that are specific to the procedure regardless of the technique used. Risks might include bleeding, infection, injur... 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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