A hysterectomy is a common surgical procedure that involves removing the uterus, and possibly the fallopian tubes or ovaries. In the United States alone, over half a million hysterectomies are performed every year. Over 80 percent are traditional surgeries, involving a large abdominal incision and nearly two months of recovery time. With today’s advanced technology, there are alternatives, but few doctors are skilled in the techniques. With a minimally invasive hysterectomy procedure, Katy TX patients experience less pain, shorter recovery time, and minimal scarring.
If you have been told that you need a hysterectomy, or you think you might need one, come to Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Taryll Jenkins is passionate about helping his patients achieve optimal health. That means choosing the most conservative, yet effective treatment in any situation. Because a hysterectomy has physical and emotional implications, he will offer an alternative procedure if possible. In some situations, a hysterectomy is inevitable; Dr. Jenkins utilizes the latest medical innovations to make the procedure and recovery as gentle as possible.
Minimally invasive surgery is made possible by a precision instrument called a laparoscope. It is a small tube with a micro-camera attached, with which Dr. Jenkins can view abdominal and pelvic structures. Only a tiny incision (usually half of an inch or less) is needed to insert the laparoscope. Other tubes with specialized surgical instruments can be inserted through the same opening, or other similarly sized incisions. The uterus is removed in small increments.
A LAVH (laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy) is similar to a Laparoscopic hysterectomy, but the uterus is removed through the vagina. Incisions are made in the abdominal wall, allowing access for surgical instruments. Using a laparoscope as a guide, the uterus is gently detached from the ligaments holding it in place, and it is removed. This may not be a viable option if you have had a C-section, or have large fibroids.
Traditional abdominal hysterectomy requires an incision of approximately eight inches. The recovery time is typically six weeks or more, beginning with several days in the hospital. These techniques leave only tiny scars, and minimize post-operative pain. The total recovery time is usually about two weeks or less.
A hysterectomy is a serious, irreversible procedure. Choose a gynecologist who offers the least traumatic options available today, and who cares about your health as much as you do. Call 855-346-8610 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Jenkins 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.