Although every physician approaches care in the most conservative manner possible, there are certain instances in which a surgical procedure becomes necessary. Some gynecological surgeries facilitate the diagnosis of disease, while others are aimed at the correction of women’s health issues. A few of the common surgical procedures performed by an OB/GYN are listed here.
Because pap-smears can only indicate that a problem is present, but cannot specify the root of the problem, further investigation is necessary. Colposcopies are performed as a diagnostic procedure when a patient experiences abnormal pap-smear results. This procedure is performed right in the doctor’s office in a similar fashion to a pap smear. Taking only about 15 minutes to complete, a colposcopy involves the application of a mild acid to the cervix, which allows the doctor to easily view the cervix through a colposcope. Should abnormal areas be viewed, a biopsy will be taken and sent to a lab for further evaluation.
Also called cryotherapy, this procedure may follow a colposcopy when abnormal cervical cells are present. In this procedure, liquid nitrogen is delivered directly to abnormal cells, freezing them, and subsequently destroying them.
Used in specific cases where alternative options have not been successful, a hysterectomy may be necessary to correct issues such as excessive bleeding or chronic pain, fibroid tumors, pelvic prolapse, cancer of the uterus, ovaries, or cervix, or endometriosis. A highly customized procedure, a hysterectomy is planned based on the specific issue a patient may have. In some cases, only a portion of the uterus is removed, called a subtotal hysterectomy. During a total hysterectomy, the surgeon will remove both the uterus and the cervix. When necessary, typically as a treatment to remove cancer, a total hysterectomy may be performed, during which the uterus is removed, along with the cervix and all tissue immediately surrounding the uterus, and the top portion of the vagina. When the ovaries are also removed, the procedure is called an oophorectomy.
It is our goal as your conscientious women’s health practice to approach all concerns with great care and skill. Facing a gynecological surgery can be a stressful situation. We are available to listen to your concerns and to explain all parts of a procedure to help you make a confident decision when choosing treatment. Above all, your comfort and health are our priority.
To discuss gynecological concerns or schedule your annual gynecological exam, contact us 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.