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

Houston, TX (June 9, 2016) – CHI 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.”

About CHI St. Luke’s Health
CHI St. Luke’s Health, a member of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), is comprised of three markets?CHI St. Luke’s Health is home of the Texas Heart Institute (THI),  eight hospitals, eight emergency centers, Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Radiation & CyberKnife® Center, and several St. Luke’s Medical Group locations throughout Greater Houston; CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial (three hospitals and a long-term acute care facility in East Texas); and CHI St. Joseph Health (five hospitals and several St. Joseph Medical Group locations across Brazos Valley). In addition, CHI St. Luke’s is a part of a joint venture agreement with Baylor College of Medicine®, which encompasses Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in the Texas Medical Center.  Together, CHI St. Luke’s Health, THI, and Baylor College of Medicine® are transforming healthcare delivery with a mission to usher in a new era of healthcare to create healthier communities. For more information, visit CHIStLukesHealth.org.


CHI St. Luke’s Health is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest health systems. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, CHI operates in 19 states and comprises 105 hospitals, including four academic medical centers and teaching hospitals; 30 critical-access facilities; community health services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home health agencies; and other services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. Learn more at catholichealthinitiatives.com.