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Published on October 25, 2009

Mercy Offers Iowa's First Single-port Surgery to Remove Ovary, Cyst

Iowa's first ‘single port' operation by a gynecologist to remove a cyst and ovary is being performed at Mercy Medical Center, 701 10th St. SE, today. The new procedure is minimally-invasive, ensuring faster recovery, less risk of infection and same-day surgery.

Dr. Jason Rexroth of OB-GYN Specialists in Cedar Rapids performed the procedure this afternoon on a Marion woman who had suffered from pelvic pain. The surgery, which removed a complex cyst and one ovary, was the first such procedure performed in the state by a gynecologist, Dr. Rexroth noted.

"We're always moving toward less and less invasive surgery," Rexroth said. "This allows us to use only one small incision, instead of the usual three or four, to remove cysts, tumors or organs such as ovaries. The single incision is in the base of the belly button. There is no scarring whatsoever."

A laparoscopy is a procedure using a thin, lighted tube (laparoscope) inserted through an incision in the abdomen to check for growths in the belly or pelvis, to perform biopsies and, in some cases, removal of organs such as the spleen, gall bladder or a reproductive organ. A laparoscopy with oophorectomy involves ovary removal.

Unlike the traditional laparoscopy using up to four incisions to accommodate various surgical instruments, the single port, or opening, is made using the belly button.

Monday's single port laparoscopy procedure is similar to a single port operation performed at Mercy in August to remove a gall bladder, Dr. Rexroth said, but this procedure uses a different system that enables the surgical removal of larger masses.

"There are a lot of things we can do with this," Rexroth explained. "It could be used with a wide range of patients, including those needing hysterectomies."