While a hysterectomy is not the first route of treatment, there are several medical conditions that may require it at some point. These conditions include uterine or cervical cancer, endometriosis, severe pelvic pain that won’t go away, a thickened uterus, severe or unusual bleeding, or a prolapsed uterus.
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that involves removing some, or all, of a woman’s uterus. In some cases, called a subtotal hysterectomy only the upper part of the uterus is removed, leaving the cervix in place. In other cases, known as a total hysterectomy, the entire uterus and cervix are removed. If a woman has cancer, a radical hysterectomy may be performed. In this case the uterus, cervix, and upper part of the part of the vagina are removed, along with possibly the ovaries.
A hysterectomy can be performed several ways. Traditionally, the surgery involved removing the uterus through an incision in the patient’s lower abdomen. While this is safe and effective there are benefits to the newer, more advanced methods of either laparoscopic or vaginal treatment. These methods are less invasive, require less recovery time, involve less pain, and do not leave the same kind of visible scar as a traditional hysterectomy.
Deciding to undergo a hysterectomy is a big decision and should not be taken lightly. Especially because it means that a woman will no longer be able to have children. Dr. Jenkins will always talk with his patients about their treatment options, the risks, and the benefits of any procedure prior to making the decision. If you have questions about a hysterectomy and live in the Katy area, call the Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine office today.
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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.
Dr. Adebola I. Falae, MD, FACOG received her undergraduate degree from Duke University in Durham, NC, and medical degree from University of Rochester Medical School, NY. She completed her residency training at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, LA. Women’s healthcare is her primary concern.
Dr. Maria Torres, MD, FACOG earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University, and her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, before completing residency training at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago, IL. She’s an expert in infertility evaluation and high-risk pregnancies.