St. Dominic's Pioneering Surgeon Performs Two Firsts in State Just Days Apart

(May 15, 2012, Jackson, Miss.) On May 3, John Baten, M.D. performed the first known procedure combining three innovative minimally invasive technologies to remove an ovarian cyst. 

While robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery continues to grow in popularity, the procedure was performed through a single incision – instead of the normal three or four incisions used in robotic assisted operations – and enhanced by the addition of a breakthrough CO2 laser device from OmniGuide, Inc. of Cambridge, Mass.

 Based on proprietary technology invented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the OmniGuide BeamPath® flexible laser system provides Baten a level of precision, access and control unmatched by other surgical energy devices.

 "CO2 lasers have been used for some time in fertility surgery, providing a precise cutting tool that enables surgeons to remove disease with minimal risk of damage to healthy tissues," Baten said.

 "OmniGuide has developed a low-profile, flexible delivery system that allows CO2 laser energy to be delivered through the robotic surgical platform for the first time. The combination of this novel technology with the improved visualization and anatomical access of the da Vinci robot will allow patients to have a better chance of symptom relief through a minimally invasive approach."

Baten's second first occurred on May 11, when Baten used the EndoWrist One™ Vessel Sealer in a single port approach. "This instrument combines two tools and results in a much faster surgery," Baten said. "This means better outcomes for patients by using a more efficient tool."

The EndoWrist One can be used in General Surgery, Colorectal Surgery and in Baten's case  ̶ gynecological surgery. This tool, developed by da Vinci, adds one more benefit to robotic assisted surgeries for women and men.

OmniGuide's BeamPath® flexible laser system can be used in the fields of Otolaryngology (Otology, Head & Neck Oncology, Laryngology & Airway) and Neurosurgery as well as gynecology where reproductive specialists apply the high-precision energy through laparoscopic and robot-assisted platforms for the treatment of endometriosis, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids and intra-abdominal adhesions – all of which can lead to chronic pain and infertility.

About OmniGuide

 OmniGuide is committed to developing advanced energy surgical instruments that enhance precision, improve access and provide increased control in the field of minimally invasive surgery.  Since its initial launch, the BeamPath® flexible laser system for minimally invasive surgery has been used in over 40,000 adult and pediatric surgical procedures in the fields of Gynecology, Otolaryngology (Otology, Head & Neck Oncology, Laryngology & Airway) and Neurosurgery.

OmniGuide designs and manufactures its fiber products in Cambridge, Massachusetts based on proprietary technology invented at MIT and originally published in Science and Nature magazines. The Company couples its novel advanced energy delivery system with a line of fiber-enabled CO2 lasers for use in the operating room.  The Company distributes its products in the U.S. through a direct sales force and in Europe through distribution partners.

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About St. Dominic’s

St. Dominic’s is more than just a hospital. It is a family of services focused on fulfilling a mission of Christian healing to those in need. St. Dominic Health Services, Inc. is the parent company for a large group of subsidiary organizations and programs dedicated to the same mission. These include St. Dominic Hospital, the Community Health Services Clinic, St. Dominic Medical Associates (physician network), New Directions for Over 55, MEA Clinics, The Club at St. Dominic’s, the School Nurse Program, St. Dominic’s Foundation, St. Catherine’s Village and Care-A-Van.

St. Dominic Hospital is a 535-bed tertiary care hospital located in Jackson, MS serving all of central Mississippi and employs approximately 3,000 nurses, physicians, and skilled caregivers. The medical staff, of nearly 500 leading physicians and specialists, makes St. Dominic’s one of the most comprehensive hospitals in Mississippi. Through 65 years of growth, St. Dominic’s has remained true to its vision. We are St. Dominic’s – a Christian healing community called to provide quality, compassionate care and an Exceptional Encounter Everytime.