A total (complete) hysterectomy is a serious surgery, which will have future implications on your health. It is important to understand the risks, benefits, and long-term effects before making this decision.
This procedure involves the surgical removal of the uterus. In some circumstances, only part of the uterus is removed. This is known as a partial hysterectomy. When the entire uterus is removed, it is called a total hysterectomy. Sometimes, the surrounding tissues, ovaries, or both may be removed.
In some cases, a hysterectomy is the only treatment option, such as cancer, severe infection, or severe prolapse. In other instances, the procedure is optional. In the past, it was frequently recommended as the simplest solution to a variety of common uterine conditions. Even today, about nine out of ten hysterectomies performed are classified as optional. However, progressive, conservative physicians such as Dr. Taryll Jenkins offer the least invasive solutions possible.
A hysterectomy does not always involve the removal of the ovaries. Dr. Jenkins does not recommend this unless it is absolutely essential, because it causes instant (surgical) menopause. The sudden transition often results in much more severe symptoms than natural menopause. If removing the ovaries is necessary, Dr. Jenkins will recommend a personalized hormone therapy plan to minimize or eliminate the unpleasant effects.
One of the most common concerns about hysterectomies is the extensive, painful recovery time. Fortunately, that can be greatly reduced with modern technology. When a hysterectomy, or any other surgery, is necessary, Dr. Jenkins uses the laparoscopic technique. It is performed with tiny incisions, and a video-guided procedure. This method has lower risk of complication, less discomfort, and a dramatically shorter, more comfortable recovery.
We understand how frightening it can be to face the possibility of any surgery. Dr. Jenkins will offer the least invasive solutions possible, and explain your alternatives. You will never be pressured to commit to a medical procedure that you don’t want or don’t understand. In our office, you will always treat you will kindness, compassion, and respect.
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.