Medical professionals are constantly seeking the latest technologies and procedures that make it easier for both doctors and patients. If a surgery like a hysterectomy can be simplified and require smaller incisions, that progress is welcomed. The physicians at Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine are now happy to offer such a procedure. Robotic and/or laparoscopic surgery is minimally invasive and results in smaller scars, less recovery time, less blood loss, and a reduced risk of infection. For these reasons, women have been coming to our practice to have their robotic or laparoscopic hysterectomies.
Even though robotic/laparoscopic hysterectomies are less invasive, women still need to take steps to ensure their recovery goes as planned and without complication.
When you elect to have a robotic or laparoscopic hysterectomy, you are choosing to undergo a procedure that will result in your uterus being removed. Choosing to have this done via robotic and/or laparoscopic means, the incisions will be smaller than a traditional hysterectomy. When surgery is completed, you will still need a ride home. For the first week or more, you may require pain medication. It is normal to experience discomfort in the shoulder or back and to have decreased energy. Typical recovery could take 4 to 6 weeks, during which you mustn’t lift objects.
Let us now look at how you can care for yourself from home following the procedure.
Activity – When it comes to physical activity you can and cannot do, it is best to follow your doctor’s advice and listen to your body. If you feel tired, you need to rest. Get enough sleep to help with recovery. Try walking a little bit every day, gradually upping the distance each day by a small amount. Do not lift anything which requires you to strain. This could include heavy grocery bags or milk containers, backpacks, small pets, or children. Allowing the area to heal without strain is important to ensure your recovery stays on schedule. Until your doctor tells you avoid strenuous activities such as jogging, bike riding, aerobic exercise, and sexual activity.
Diet – You should be fine with a regular diet, but if you begin to feel nauseous after eating, it may be best to stick to simple foods such as plain rice, plain broiled or baked chicken, toast, yogurt, and bananas should not cause stomach upset. Some patients experience irregular bowel movements and constipation immediately following the procedure. If this occurs, do not strain or try to force a bowel movement. Make sure and drink plenty of water and increase fiber intake.
Medication – If you were taking any medicines before the procedure, your doctor would inform you when it will be ok to resume that medication and provide instructions on taking any newly prescribed medication. Take any prescribed pain medication only as prescribed. If you are not prescribed pain medication, check with your doctor about which over-the-counter options will be allowed. Finally, take any antibiotics as directed to ensure complete healing.
If you have been considering a hysterectomy but are hesitant due to its invasive nature, please call us to set up a consultation. Our physicians will tell you all you need to know about a minimally invasive robotic or laparoscopic hysterectomy. They are here to answer any questions you may have and to address any possible concerns. To learn more about this procedure, please call the office of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine at 855-346-8610. We are at 23535 Kingsland Boulevard, Katy, Texas, and 18400 Katy Fwy, Suite 530, Houston, Texas.
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.