The decision to have a hysterectomy is often difficult for women, even when it’s the best treatment option. Noreen Kamal-Mostafavi, MD, in Staten Island, New York, understands and helps you make the best decision for your health, taking extra time to offer emotional support, answer your questions, and make sure you understand all your options. If you have questions about hysterectomy or you need to schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking feature.
A hysterectomy, which is the partial or complete removal of your uterus, is the optimal treatment for women diagnosed with cervical, ovarian, or uterine cancer. For all other noncancerous conditions, a hysterectomy is always the last option considered after conservative treatments have failed to improve your condition or help your symptoms.
These are a few examples of gynecologic conditions that may need a hysterectomy:
These conditions generally cause symptoms such as pelvic pain, pain before or during your periods, heavy bleeding, irregular menstrual periods, and prolonged menstrual bleeding.
Dr. Kamal-Mostafavi recommends one of the following types of hysterectomies, depending on which one is the best for your underlying problem:
Removal of the uterus while leaving the cervix intact.
During this surgery, Dr. Kamal-Mostafavi removes your uterus and cervix.
This procedure is done to remove the uterus, its supporting tissues, and the cervix.
As an extensively trained surgeon, Dr. Kamal-Mostafavi has safely performed many hysterectomies using different approaches. While she prefers to perform minimally invasive surgery whenever possible, it’s not always the best for each patient.
A laparoscopic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a few small abdominal incisions and narrow tools. The primary device, the laparoscope, contains lighting and a video camera that transmits images to a monitor, while Dr. Kamal-Mostafavi uses instruments inserted through the other incisions to perform your hysterectomy.
The da Vinci Surgical System allows Dr. Kamal-Mostafavi to perform robotic-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomies. She uses highly sensitive finger controls to manipulate robotic arms holding the laparoscope and surgical tools. The da Vinci’s advanced technology allows for better dexterity and precision than human hands.
After making a small incision in your vagina, Dr. Kamal-Mostafavi removes the uterus through your vagina. Some patients are candidates for laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy.
An open hysterectomy is conventional surgery using one abdominal incision that’s 6-12 inches long. Open surgery may be the best option when you’re diagnosed with cancer because it’s easier to examine and remove tissues affected by cancer.
If you need a hysterectomy, you can count on compassionate and expert care from Dr. Kamal-Mostafavi. To make an appointment, call the office or use the online scheduler.