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.
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