Jarin Leavitt, MD
Dr. Jarin Leavitt chose obstetrics/gynecology as his specialty because he found it to be “the happy part of medicine.” Along with delivering babies, this surgeon is skilled in all treatment aspects of gynecology, surgical and nonsurgical. He is based at Tanner Clinic Syracuse.
Dr. Leavitt joins Tanner Clinic following a research-intensive residency at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, which is affiliated with the University of Arizona.
The Kamas, Utah native began his education at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah, transferring to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, to earn a B.S. in microbiology. He received his M.D. at Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, a program that is nationally recognized for education and research.
Dr. Leavitt has extensive training in robot-assisted surgery, including single-site hysterectomy. He was recognized for this skill with the Excellence in Minimally Invasive Surgery Award, presented by the Good Samaritan’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
His research has covered such topics as effects on the fetus while continuing methadone use by heroin-addicted women, as well as the effects of obesity on pregnancy complications.
Dr. Leavitt and his wife Nancy are the parents of four children. A farm boy by birth, Dr. Leavitt enjoys horseback riding and roping. He also loves mountain biking and has taken up competing in triathlons and marathons.
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What Patients Are Saying About Dr. Leavitt
“Would just like to say how awesome Dr Leavitt is. We dealt with some very difficult things and he went way above and beyond. He truly cares about his patients. He made very hard things better.” – Michelle on Facebook, February 2016
“I had the privilege of having Dr. Leavitt as my physician for both of the pregnancies and deliveries of my two boys. He was always professional but personable. I never felt anxious or uncomfortable during any exam or procedure. Instead, I always felt at ease knowing that I was receiving the highest standard of care from a qualified and capable OB who always had my best interest in mind as well as my baby. Dr. Leavitt was careful to listen to my requests and concerns and responded with kindness, compassion and offered solutions. I was never made to feel as though I was just another patient, but a human who had real fears and questions. He always took time to calm any anxieties by talking me through them in a way I could understand. His motto was happy, healthy mom and baby and I truly felt that was exhibited throughout my pregnancies. I would recommend Dr. Leavitt to any friend, relative or even acquaintance.” – Ruth on Google+, August 2015
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Dr. Leavitt Answers Patient's Questions
Dr. Jarin Leavitt answers questions that were submitted to him on Facebook in February of 2016. In the video below Dr. Leavitt addresses common issues many women face, such as postpartum depression. Because of time restrictions Dr. Leavitt was only able to address a handful of questions and topics in this video. He did, however, provide written responses to many individuals who participated, which are shared below.
Deanna asked: What are your thoughts on that new poise devise for bladder leakage? Is there a less invasive alternative aside from surgery and wearing a pad 24/7?
Regarding the Poise bladder/incontinence device. The device is similar to another commonly used instrument that can be used to improve issues with incontinence or bladder leakage. It is basically a specifically shaped tampon than supports the underside of the urethra when placed in the vagina. There are certain types of pessaries that can also be used as a nonsurgical treatment for the same problem. Because the poise device is not fitted for someone specifically I would assume that is would have a lower chance of providing full relief from symptoms. The most effective treatment for these problems is a minor surgical procedure that can be done as an outpatient with return to most normal activities the same day. Other nonsurgical treatment that can improve incontinence includes limiting caffeine intake, stopping smoking and weight loss. I would be happy to discuss any details of any of those options further if you’d like.
Jessica asked: My baby is 4 months old and I am breastfeeding him. I am wanting to loose some baby weight. What is the calorie range I should be eating to keep my milk supply and to help me loose weight?
Great job breastfeeding your new little guy! Breastfeeding is the best way to start him on the path to good health but it also is the best way for you to start to lose the baby weight. The difficult part about your worthy goal of getting back in shape is that milk production is different for many individuals. The standard recommendation is that nursing mothers need approximately an additional 400 Calories per day. In the general setting when weight loss is desired decreased caloric intake coupled with increased activity should result in weight loss. In the nursing mother though, decreased caloric intake may reduce milk supply. The only way to know for sure is through trial and error. I would recommend a healthy and balanced diet low in sugar around 2500 Calories as a starting point, if you notice the milk supply decreasing then increase the Caloric intake. Fenugreek supplements may help maintain milk supply in those settings.
Tracie asked: Post tubal ligation syndrome, is it real and what are the treatment options?
Post tubal ablation syndrome is a real disorder and recently being differentiated in the literature. It’s thought to result from some menstrual flow after an endometrial ablation and tubal ligation that is not able to flow out of the uterus either through scar tissue or other mechanisms. The pathophysiology is thought to take place as the menstrual flow backs up in the uterus and into the tubes, the tubes can then swell causing severe pain. Unfortunately the most effective treatment of this condition is actually surgical removal of the uterus. However removal of the ovaries does not have to take place thus the woman would not go into surgical menopause. Alternatively other procedures may be attempted to help restore egress of menstrual flow through the cervix.
Cindi asked: How likely is a pregnancy after husband’s vasectomy 4 years ago? I can’t help but wish. Ha!
Pregnancy after vasectomy several years prior is very rare especially if a follow up semen analysis was performed and did not show any viable sperm. Having said that, I have a very close friend with a surprise final pregnancy 9 years post vasectomy after the follow up testing was negative. The numbers they discuss are typically more than 99% accurate at preventing pregnancy but there’s always a very small chance.
Brittany asked: How accurate are the cell free fetal DNA tests?
Cell free fetal DNA screening is quite accurate but like all screening tests, the specificity (ability to determine if a positive result is truly positive) is directly linked to the prevalence of the disease in a given patient population. Because of this cell free fetal DNA is currently recommended for women over the age of 35 since they are at an increased risk of having a baby affected by a chromosomal disorder. Having said that it is a very effective test to screen for Down syndrome or trisomy 21. Since it is a screening test though it can’t be used to diagnose a problem. It should only be used to determine if more invasive diagnostic testing is indicated. As far at determination of the gender, it is accurate probably in the range of 97%.
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Listen to Dr. Jarin Leavitt explain the risk factors and prevention of gestational diabetes here.
What OB/GYN’s Want New Mothers to Know
Having your first child is an exciting time, but it also comes with some anxieties and questions. Dr. Jarin Leavitt, an OB/GYN at the Tanner Clinic in Syracuse, shared some advice to help with some of those questions with tips that he wants all expecting mothers to know.
“First, trust your doctor to do what is best for you and your baby.” Dr. Leavitt said. “If you are unable to trust your doctor or feel that they don’t have your and your baby’s best interests in mind then find a new one. It is okay to see if you feel more comfortable with someone else.”
Many times, in search of answers, expectant mothers go online to find advice. “I can’t count how many times I have seen posts in chat rooms that are not only incorrect, but dangerous, Dr. Leavitt warned. “Take chat room advice with a grain of salt and discuss it with your doctor if you are considering taking that advice.”
Another danger of finding advice online is the risk of making mountains out of molehills when checking up on some of your aches and pains.
“It’s important to know that most of these are normal,” Dr. Leavitt said. “It’s okay to ask your doctor’s office if there is ever any question, but you can rest assured that most minor issues are a normal part of pregnancy.”
Your doctor is there to help you with any questions and concerns that you have. “Your doctor is on the same team as you are,” Dr. Leavitt said. “You should be working toward the common goal of a healthy mom and a healthy baby leaving the hospital together after a delivery.”
To make an appointment with Dr. Leavitt, call (801) 773-4865 or visit online at tannerclinic.com.
Obesity Making Pregnancy Much More Complicated
By Tanner Clinic Staff
After months of research on obesity and pregnancy that appeared in 2014 in the medical journal Bariatric Times, Dr. Leavitt can sum up the results in just a few words:
Obesity takes any complication of pregnancy and makes it much more complicated.
“Basically, with a few small exceptions, every complication associated with pregnancy is higher because of obesity,” he said.
Dr. Leavitt was lead author on the article, “Management Overview of Pregnancy Complicated by Maternal Obesity,” co-authored with Dr. Jordan H. Perlow, director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix.
The experts define obesity as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. (Overweight is a BMI between 25.0 and 29.9.)
And because a growing number of people fit this definition, said Dr. Leavitt, he hopes the journal article will spread the message to physicians about the importance of pre-conception counseling with obese patients considering pregnancy.
Obese patients, he explains, are more prone to require a c-section. “You’re also more likely to get a wound infection from the c-section, and you’re more likely to have a failed vaginal delivery after a c-section,” he said.
In addition, he said, “If you’re obese, you’re more likely to have a stillborn baby, and you’re more likely to have a baby with type 2 diabetes in childhood. Every single complication we look at was higher because of obesity.”
Infertility is also more prevalent in obese patients. Dr. Leavitt points to the “controversial issue” of women visiting an infertility clinic and receiving infertility treatments when they’re not physically fit to carry a pregnancy with minimal risk.
The focus of the research, he added, was to encourage physicians “to talk to people about these risks before they get pregnant so they have the opportunity to decrease their risk.”
- Co-author of research, “Management Overview of Pregnancy Complicated by Maternal Obesity,” published in Bariatric Times, 2014
- Continuing research on incidence and severity of neonatal abstinence syndrome in the setting of maternal methadone for treatment of opioid dependence, with lead investigator Curtis Cook, M.D., Phoenix
- “Genetic engineering of bacteria for research using viral vectors for treatment of glioblastoma multiform,” research assistant, Ohio State University neurology department
- “Research mechanisms of passive immunology passage of mother to offspring,” research assistant, BYU department of biology