Women lead busy lives. Family, career, and fitness leave little time for recovery from a surgical procedure. Yet an ovarian cyst can trigger symptoms that require attention. Laparoscopic surgeons, Dr. Jenkins and Dr. Falae offer a minimally invasive alternative for women in the Katy, TX area.
Ovaries are a pair of female reproductive organs that generate eggs. During childbearing years, a fluid-filled sac called a follicle may form on the surface of an ovary. It produces progesterone and estrogen, hormones that help the egg form and release. This is called a functional cyst. They are harmless, usually cause no discomfort, and resolve naturally within several menstrual cycles.
Several other types of ovarian cysts may also develop:
Ovarian cysts are rarely cancerous, although risk increases for post-menopausal women. However, some cysts become quite large, moving the ovary out of position or twisting it painfully. This serious condition, called ovarian torsion, can restrict blood flow.
Surgical removal should be considered when a cyst causes:
With this method, a small incision is made below the navel. The abdominal cavity is filled with carbon dioxide gas to allow the doctor to view organs with a magnifying camera. Through additional tiny incisions, the cyst is located and removed.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Most women need only a few days of recovery time. Incisions heal quickly with little scarring.
To learn more about this minimally invasive technique, call 855-346-8610 to schedule a consultation with one of the laparoscopic surgeons at Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine in Katy, TX.
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.