ST. LOUIS – Sept. 1, 2012 – Missouri Baptist Medical Center was recently designated as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) by the AAGL, the leading association of minimally invasive gynecologic surgeons worldwide, and Surgical Review Corporation (SRC). The hospital and program director, Scott Biest, MD, are the first COEMIG designees in the Midwest
“We are honored that our COEMIG program has received this prestigious designation,” says David Weinstein, MD, chief of OB/GYN at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. “The AAGL is a leader in the minimally invasive gynecology field, championing the most effective diagnostic and therapeutic techniques that are providing less invasive treatments for gynecologic conditions. These are the same goals we set when we launched our COEMIG program 15 months ago.”
Led by Dr. Scott Biest, director of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery at Missouri Baptist Medical Center and Washington University, Missouri Baptist’s COEMIG program provides women with innovative, minimally invasive surgical treatment options for hysterectomies, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, prolapse, and other gynecologic conditions.
“Compared to traditional surgery, patients who undergo minimally invasive gynecologic surgery experience less pain, reduced blood loss, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays and a faster recovery, so they can return to normal activities sooner,” says Dr. Biest. “This is why it’s quickly becoming the preferred – and often demanded – treatment approach for many women throughout the U.S.”
Founded in April 2011, Missouri Baptist’s COEMIG program was the shared vision of Drs. Biest and Weinstein, business partners for more than 18 years. They wanted to create a center where women could receive quality medical care from certified gynecologic surgeons who specialize in the minimally invasive technique. In addition to his surgical responsibilities, Dr. Biest is proctoring other gynecologists in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery as they train to earn their credentials.