St. Dominic’s introduces single port hysterectomy procedure

      St. Dominic Hospital is advancing minimally invasive surgical techniques to offer patients even less scarring or no scarring following surgery courtesy of a procedure performed exclusively by St. Dominic’s surgeons. Hospital officials announced the successful completion of what is believed to be the first total laparoscopic hysterectomy procedure in the state of Mississippi. The procedure, termed a robotic-assisted single port, was performed by John Baten, MD, an obstetrician/gynecologist associated with St. Dominic’s and Women’s Health Associates of Jackson.
      Baten carried out the laparoscopic procedure through a single entry point – the belly button – using robotic assistance. Following surgery, the patient had no visible scar due to a tiny incision that was virtually hidden within the belly button.
      The patient recovered quickly and returned home the following day. In addition, she was able to resume regular activities, including returning to work, within seven days, a significant improvement from outcomes experienced with traditional hysterectomy, Baten said. 
  "This is truly a breakthrough surgical technique for women who must undergo a hysterectomy procedure," said Baten, one of only a few surgeons in the U.S. trained to perform the procedure. "With the introduction of the single port technique, we are now able to address the procedure through a single entry point. This incorporates the clinical benefits of a total laparoscopic procedure with the advantages of improved patient comfort and cosmetic results."    
      Baten performed the first single port procedure at St. Dominic Hospital in mid-November. Since that time, he has completed over forty single port hysterectomy procedures, more than anyone else in the nation.  All are recovering well and are pleased with their experience, claiming no post-operative pain and lack of a visible scar from the procedure.
      “This approach makes minimally invasive surgery even less invasive and is a significant step forward toward scarless procedures,” Baten said. “The single-port approach offers less pain, faster healing and one tiny scar,” said Baten, adding that the risk of post-surgical complications appears lower as well. “The absence of blood vessels and muscles around the navel area virtually eliminates the risk of certain complications that can occur with conventional minimally invasive surgery.”