Hysterectomy Specialist

Women's Care of Passaic

OB/GYN located in Passaic, NJ

Many women face the prospect of undergoing a hysterectomy, which can be a scary and distressing thought. Diane Mustafa, MD, of Women’s Care of Passaic in New Jersey, is a board-certified gynecologist with extensive expertise in helping women who need a hysterectomy. Dr. Mustafa is also a highly skilled gynecologic surgeon, so if you do need to undergo surgery, she uses the least invasive techniques to ensure your comfort and swift recovery. Call Women’s Care of Passaic today to find out more or book an appointment online.

Hysterectomy Q & A

What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure in which the uterus is taken out of the body. Many women undergo hysterectomies to treat conditions such as:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Prolapse of the uterus
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Chronic pain in the pelvic region
  • Gynecologic cancers

If you have a hysterectomy, it means you won’t be able to have children because you no longer have a uterus. As it’s a serious decision to make, women may choose to wait until after they have children before undergoing a hysterectomy.

Dr. Mustafa always considers alternative treatment options before recommending a hysterectomy.

What happens during a hysterectomy?

There are several different ways to perform a hysterectomy. Dr. Mustafa uses the least invasive method that will best achieve the desired results. The less invasive the technique used, the lower the risk of complications from the surgery or anesthetic, the less pain you experience, and less time it takes to heal.

The decision depends on factors such as why you need the hysterectomy and which other organs are involved.

Vaginal hysterectomy

In a vaginal hysterectomy, Dr. Mustafa removes the uterus through the vagina. This avoids the need for any surgical incisions and is suitable for women who don’t have scarring or a particularly large uterus. Vaginal hysterectomy is the first choice for most women as it is the least invasive technique.

Laparoscopic hysterectomy

A laparoscope is a slim tube with a miniature camera on the end that Dr. Mustafa inserts into your body through small abdominal incisions. Guided by the images from the camera, Dr. Mustafa performs the hysterectomy without the need to make large incisions. Small sections of the uterus can be taken out through other small incisions or via the vagina.

Abdominal hysterectomy

If you need an abdominal hysterectomy, Dr. Mustafa removes your uterus through a large incision she makes in the lower part of your abdomen. An abdominal hysterectomy may be advisable if you have scarring or large adhesions, or you have a large uterus. Abdominal hysterectomies are one of the safest forms of surgery, but still carry a higher risk of complications than a vaginal or laparoscopic hysterectomy.

To arrange a consultation with Dr. Mustafa and discuss your concerns, call Women’s Care of Passaic today or book an appointment online.