The obvious benefit to performing two surgeries at once is that the patient has to go under anesthesia only once. This not only saves money, it can help the patient avoid side effects or complications brought on by general anesthesia. Other benefits to combining the surgeries include less time spent in the hospital and only needing to go through one period of recovery and healing.
However, there are definitely other considerations. A hysterectomy is a medically-necessary surgery that removes the patient’s uterus. It is often performed when a woman has cancer, fibroids, heavy and constant bleeding, or terrible pelvic pain. There are several ways that a hysterectomy can be performed. The uterus can be removed through a single incision in the abdomen, or through several tiny incisions using a laparoscope, or through the vagina. The method the surgeon chooses will depend on the patient’s exact need and medical history. However, the type of hysterectomy a woman is undergoing will be a factor in her candidacy for combining the surgery with a tummy tuck.
A tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure that helps a patient tone loose skin and get rid of excess fat or tissue from the lower abdomen. While the procedures can be done at the same time it’s important that the gynecologist manage the hysterectomy while a plastic surgeon performs the tummy tuck. This ensures that each physician is taking care of his or her area of expertise.
If you are preparing for a hysterectomy and want to consider combining it with a tummy tuck, call Houston-area Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine today. Dr. Jenkins will carefully review your medical charts and determine if it would be a safe and effective decision.
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.