A hysterectomy, the procedure that removes a woman’s uterus, is not a procedure that most women undergo lightly. Often it is the result of a condition that is either not getting better using other treatments or one in which removing the uterus gives the patient the best chance for overall health. Some of the reasons a gynecologist may suggest a hysterectomy include uterine fibroids, uterine prolapse (a condition in which the uterus slides from its correct position into the canal of the vagina), cancer, endometriosis, lasting pelvic pain, or abnormal bleeding. With the exception of cancer, other treatment procedures are usually attempted before undergoing a hysterectomy.
Once your physician determines that a hysterectomy is your best course of treatment, you will have several options. Depending on whether you need to have all or only a portion of your uterus removed, you and the physician will decide if the you to have an open surgery hysterectomy or an MIP hysterectomy.
An open surgery hysterectomy is the traditional, and most common, hysterectomy procedure. In this procedure, the doctor makes and incision in the woman’s abdomen and removes the uterus. The surgery is conducted in the hospital where the patient stays for several days.
However, some patients will be eligible for a minimally invasive procedure, or an MIP hysterectomy. With a laparoscopic hysterectomy, the surgeon is able to make only several small incisions into the abdomen or vagina and using cameras and advanced tools, he removes the uterus.
Benefits to the laparoscopic surgery include less recovery time, no visible scarring, less risk of infection and blood loss, less time in the hospital, and less pain. If you’ve been dealing with problems in your uterus, call Dr. Taryll Jenkins today to schedule an appointment. Hearing that you need surgery can be overwhelming, and even scary. Dr. Jenkins is committed to treating his Katy-area patients with the most advanced technology and the least invasive method possible, ensuring that you get back to living your life as quickly as possible. If you have questions, concerns, or simply want another opinion, call our office 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.