Thanks to minimally invasive surgery (MIS), skilled surgeons at Memorial Health can perform major, life-changing operations with tiny incisions (often smaller than one inch). Benefits of MIS include:
- Less pain
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less impact on the immune system
- Less blood loss
- Less scarring
- Significantly smaller incisions that require fewer stitches
- Lower chance of infection and wound complications
- Faster return to work and normal activities
- Covered by most insurance providers, just as traditional surgery is covered
Ask your physician to refer you to the minimally invasive surgery program at Memorial Health. Call (912) 350-9672 for more information.
Memorial Health Minimally Invasive Surgery
4700 Waters Avenue
First Floor, Memorial University Surgeons Building
Savannah, GA 31404
What we treat
Minimally invasive surgery at Memorial Health provide consultation, evaluation, treatment and second opinion services for the following conditions.
- Gallstones and common bile duct stones
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)/severe heartburn
- Swallowing disorders (including achalasia) and esophageal disorders
- Hernias of all types, including hiatal hernia
- Disorders of the spleen and adrenal gland
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Diverticular/colon and rectal disease
The surgeons at Memorial Health continue to expand the list of procedures performed with a minimally invasive approach. We currently offer the following procedures:
- Gallbladder removal (laparoscopic cholecystectomy)
- Hernia treatment including hiatal hernia
- Anti-reflux or heartburn surgery (laparoscopic reflux Nissen fundoplication)
- Spleen removal (laparoscopic splenectomy)
- Adrenal gland/stress gland removal (laparoscopic adrenalectomy)
- Colon surgery
- Stomach procedures, including bariatric (weight loss) surgery
We also offer robotic surgery with the state-of-the-art da Vinci Si Surgical System. The da Vinci is typically used to perform gynecologic, urologic and prostate procedures.
Minimally invasive surgery FAQs
Not all patients are able to go home the same day. The length of time you spend in the hospital after surgery depends on the procedure.
With minimally invasive surgery, there is a risk of injury to other organs, bleeding during and after the surgery, infection and allergic reactions to the anesthesia or medications. There is a chance that a minimally invasive procedure may be changed to an open procedure. All of these complications are rare. Please discuss any concerns with your surgeon.
Most patients are able to return to work within one or two weeks. The majority of patients are able to function and perform basic tasks after a few days.