Dr. Taryll Jenkins of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine believes in taking the least invasive approach possible to treatment. However, in some cases, surgery may be necessary to address the patient’s issue. While Dr. Jenkins provides a wide variety of gynecological services, some of the most common surgeries involve diagnosis and treatment following an abnormal Pap smear.
To understand these surgeries it’s important to recognize how a Pap smear test is used. During a Pap smear, a small sample of cells are removed from the cervix and tested to determine if there are any cell abnormalities. The test does not determine if the abnormal cells are cancerous. Therefore, if a woman has an abnormal Pap smear result the gynecologist will need to perform further testing to determine the cause of the abnormalities. The first step to investigate further is a colposcopy. This procedure will feel similar to the Pap smear test and it is performed in the doctor’s office. Essentially, the doctor will use a colposcope, similar to a microscope, and a medical solution to identify and view the abnormal cells. If the doctor identifies abnormal cells, he will remove a small amount and send them to be biopsied.
If that test indicates that cancerous or pre-cancerous cells are present, the physician will need to determine the next step for treatment. The cells can be removed several ways including cryosurgery in which the cells are destroyed using liquid nitrogen. Another option to remove the cells includes LEEP surgery. In this procedure, the cells are cut away using a very fine wire carrying an electrical current. Both of these procedures are performed in the doctor’s office using local anesthesia. Following the procedure the patient may feel some cramping and discomfort. She may also notice minor bleeding or discharge.
Dr. Jenkins understands that receiving an abnormal test result and needing to undergo follow up procedures can be nerve wracking for many patients. That’s why he and his entire team are committed to gentle and respectful patient care, taking the time to provide all necessary information and answer questions along the way. To learn more about Pap smears or the follow up procedures, call the Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine office today.
We offer general care, gynecology, and obstetrics services that span all stages of a woman's life. Dr. Taryll L. Jenkins, MD received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, TN. He completed his residency training at the University of Texas and Hermann Hospital, TX and is Board-certified from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with years of research experience.
Having graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Chemistry in 2011, Dr. Stephanie Roy received her Doctor of Medicine Degree in 2015 from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Today she is a leading Board-certified physician who works hard to provide you and your family with high quality services. In addition to spending time at the practice, Dr. Roy possesses extensive volunteer experience in the community. She was also a tutor at the Medical Careers Diversity Program in 2012 and since then has spent her free time volunteering for the St. Vincent’s Clinic.
Dr. Tiffany Ikwuagwu is passionate about caring for the diverse communities in Katy and Houston, TX. Having completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston, her medical degree at the Baylor College of Medicine, and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the McGovern Medical School, she worked as principal investigator on a research project with Dr. Nana Ankumah at UT Houston. A member of the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Ikwuagwu has served in several leadership roles and has made many contributions to the community.
Yara Ramirez, MD earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and her doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston where she also completed her residency. She won the Resident Teaching Award from UTMB’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for two consecutive years.
Dr. Ramirez has researched extensively on many obstetrics-related topics. She has been a Junior Fellow Representative for the UTMB Residency Program and a Medical Student Education Committee Member at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has volunteered for various local and foreign community programs. Her fluency in Spanish and French is an asset to her organization.
Nadia Alexander is a Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center. With seven years of experience in women’s health and a focus on obstetrics and ambulatory gynecology (vaginitis, UTI, and vaginal bleeding), she provides quality, compassionate care to patients in various stages of reproductive life. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is the lead contact for our Telehealth service.