A hysterectomy is one of the most common, and one of the safest surgeries performed in the United States today. However, at Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine in Katy, TX, it is considered only as a last resort, when other options are not viable.
Dr. Taryll L. Jenkins believes in choosing the least invasive option in any situation. If there is an effective, non-surgical alternative, he will recommend that. When a hysterectomy is needed, he uses advanced laparoscopic technology, for a minimally invasive procedure. This technique has a lower risk of complication, and shorter recovery time than a traditional open hysterectomy.
Depending on the circumstances, you may need to spend the night in the hospital. A longer hospital stay is rarely necessary with minimally invasive techniques. Dr. Jenkins will advise you about post-operative care. The incision is only about a centimeter, so risk of infection is minimal. You will need to limit your activity and possibly follow a special diet, for several days. In most cases, you will be able to return to normal activity within two weeks of a laparoscopic hysterectomy.
Several conditions may require a hysterectomy, and most involve miserable symptoms such as excruciating pain or heavy bleeding. For most patients, the procedure greatly improves the quality of life by relieving these symptoms. However, the psychological implications of being infertile can be difficult. A hysterectomy is irreversible, and you will no longer be able to bear children. If the ovaries are removed, menopause will begin following the procedure, regardless of your age.
In some cases, the procedure may be able to wait until after you have children, or an alternative treatment may be available. This depends entirely on your individual situation; Dr. Jenkins will explain your options.
When facing any surgery, your choice of doctors is one of the most important decisions that you can make. Dr. Jenkins is board-certified, and he is well known in Katy and surrounding communities for his exceptional skill and gentle, compassionate bedside manner. If you have been told that you need a hysterectomy, or you are concerned that you may, call 855-346-8610 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Jenkins.
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.