Facing major surgery is a frightening prospect. With Dr. Taryll Jenkins’s compassion and expertise, he offers conservative options for any condition whenever possible. When surgery is unavoidable, he uses the least invasive method available. A minimally invasive procedure, or MIP, is an advanced surgical technique achieving the same result as open surgery with smaller incisions.
Hysterectomies are among the most common surgical procedures performed today. About one third of all American women will have a hysterectomy by the age of 60. Sometimes it becomes necessary when conditions such as uterine bleeding do not respond to alternatives. In some cases, particularly advanced cancers, there may be no feasible alternative.
Total abdominal hysterectomies account for about 70 percent of all hysterectomies performed. This is the most invasive method, resulting in a scar several inches long, and requiring approximately two months of recovery time.
MIP hysterectomies leave little to no scar, and require significantly less recovery time. This is considered a low-risk surgery, and complications are rare – especially in the skilled hands of an experienced physician such as Dr. Jenkins.
Laparoscopic hysterectomy is considered the least invasive technique, and is an option for most patients. This method uses a surgical camera, known as a laparoscope, to guide the surgery. It provides a detailed image on a video monitor, for precision accuracy. The laparoscope and special surgical instruments are tiny, so only very small incisions in the abdomen are required. Through these incisions, the uterus is detached and removed in small pieces.
General anesthesia is used during the surgery, which usually takes about two hours. Post-surgical pain and recovery time are significantly less with this method than open hysterectomy. The patient typically spends one or two nights in the hospital. Limited activity is necessary for a few weeks during recuperation. Closely following Dr. Jenkins post-operative instructions is imperative for a speedy and trouble-free recovery.
If you are concerned you may need a hysterectomy, or have been told that you do, come to Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine right away. You will receive the highest quality of care and compassion; and always the least invasive, most effective treatment option in any situation.
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.