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Baylor St. Luke's Reaches Milestone in Specialized Single-Site Robotic Gynecologic Surgery

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Houston, TX (June 9, 2016) – St. Luke’s Health–Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center (Baylor St. Luke’s) today announced that more than 100 single-site surgeries for advanced benign gynecologic conditions have successfully been performed using the da Vinci® Si Surgical System. Baylor St. Luke’s is the first and only hospital in Houston to specialize in using this technology to treat complex gynecologic cases, such as hysterectomy, sacrocolpopexy (pelvic organ prolapse repair), myomectomy (fibroid removal), and advanced endometriosis.

“This is a significant milestone for us in the Houston medical community,” said Xiaoming Guan, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Fellowship Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, and Minimally Invasive Gynecologist at Baylor St. Luke’s. “Baylor St. Luke’s is uniquely positioned to offer women a state-of-the-art surgical option that is safe, less invasive, and most importantly results in high patient satisfaction.”

With single-site, a 3-D camera and other miniaturized surgical instruments are inserted via a single 2-cm incision through the navel. Patients who might otherwise have required open or traditional laparoscopic surgery can now opt to have a virtually scarless procedure, resulting in shorter hospital stays, faster recovery, reduced risk of infection, and more cosmetically appealing results.

Dr. Guan is one of only a handful of surgeons across the country who has received training to perform complex gynecologic procedures using the da Vinci Surgical System. He recently completed his 106th single-site robotic gynecologic surgery.

“Baylor St. Luke’s is dedicated to advancing the field of minimally invasive surgery through the use of innovative approaches like robotic-assisted surgery,” said Dr. Guan. “Our success in this area proves that this intricate method is the fastest, most effective way to provide surgical care for a gynecologic condition.”

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