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Obstetrics & Gynecology

Houston, Texas

The Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology focuses on patient care, education and research in the area of women's reproductive health.
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIS)

Baylor College of Medicine is improving the lives of women with gynecologic conditions through the latest advances in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, offering new treatment options and surgical techniques for the best possible outcomes.

Our goal is to provide the safest, most effective approach to the surgical treatment of gynecologic conditions. Today, when surgery is required, the vast majority of gynecologic procedures can be performed as endoscopic procedures using tiny scopes and surgical instruments inserted either through very small incisions in the abdomen (laparoscopic) or through the vagina (hysteroscopic), eliminating the need to make a large incision in the abdomen.

This increasingly prominent surgical field offers numerous patient benefits compared to traditional open surgery, including:

  • Shorter hospital stays, if hospitalization is required
  • Many procedures can be performed in the clinic under local anesthesia
  • Faster recovery and return to normal activities
  • Less pain as compared to surgery with a big incision
  • Less bleeding as compared to surgery with a big incision
  • Fewer complications, such as: bowel obstruction and adhesion development (internal scar tissue)
  • More cosmetically appealing due to smaller scars

Treatment and Procedures

The surgeons performing minimally invasive gynecologic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine provide outstanding surgical care for a variety of conditions and procedures. Our surgeons have expertise in treating the most complex surgical issues, including:


  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Adhesions
  • Endometriosis
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Pelvic pain
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Uterine fibroids of all sizes


Depending on each patient’s individualized needs, the procedures listed below may be performed by conventional laparoscopy or with the da Vinci Robot:

  • Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
  • Fibroid removal (Myomectomy)
  • Ovarian Cyst or Ovary removal
  • Excision (removal) or treatment of endometriosis
  • Sacrocolpopexy - prolapse correction
  • Adhesion lysis
  • Diagnostic laparoscopy
  • Sterilization
  • Treatment of gynecologic emergencies such as ectopic pregnancy, ovarian torsion and ovarian cyst rupture
  • Sterilization
  • Endometrial ablation
  • Endometrial polypectomy
  • Myomectomy
  • Diagnostic hysterectomy

Vaginal Surgery

  • Hysterectomy
  • Anterior posterior repair / Posterior repair
  • TOT / TVT sling for urinary incontinence
  • Colporrhaphy: repair of vaginal prolapse

Other Minimally Invasive Procedures

  • LEEP
  • IUD insertion
  • Nexplanon
  • Cervical polyp removal
  • Treatment of genital warts

We also advance the healthcare of women by teaching future healthcare providers the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques, and participating in research which will help lead to new discoveries and treatments in the field of minimally invasive surgery including robotic surgery.

Our team of physicians includes Dr. Xiaoming Guan, fellowship-trained in minimally invasive surgical techniques, including robotic surgery and single-incision laparoscopic surgery.

Make an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a Baylor College of Medicine physician specializing in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, call the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at 832-826-7500.

  • Nishath A. Ali, M.D. *
  • Gary L. Binder, M.D.
  • Dale Brown, Jr., M.D.
  • Xiaoming Guan, M.D. - Fellowship-trained in minimally invasive surgery
  • R. Todd Ivey, M.D.
  • Susan M. Leong-Kee, M.D.
  • Apurva B. Pancholy, M.D.
  • Susan P. Raine, M.D., J.D. *
  • Gregorio R. Riera, M.D.
  • Terri-Ann P. Samuels, M.D. *
  • Laurie S. Swaim, M.D. *
  • Audra E. Timmins, M.D.
  • Anuja Vyas, M.D. *
  • Ronald L. Young, M.D.
  • Robert K. Zurawin, M.D. * - Fellowship Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery

*da Vinci Robot trained and credentialed

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