Every day, surgeons at Memorial Health University Medical Center (MHUMC) perform intricate, life-changing procedures in our 30+ operating rooms. Whether removing a child’s tonsils or repairing a delicate spinal column, our surgical teams demonstrate precision and the utmost concern for patient safety.

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Our leading-edge services include a minimally invasive surgery center, the da Vinci Si robotic surgical system, and a team of highly trained and nationally recognized surgeons.

Surgical Services

Our areas of specialization include the items listed below. This is not an all-inclusive list of every surgical procedure that we offer, but a range of our more common procedures.

Ear, Nose, & Throat Surgery

Our ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgical teams specialize in the following procedures.

Balloon Sinuplasty

Memorial Health University Medical Center was the first in the region to offer an innovative new technique to relieve chronic sinusitis.

Myringotomy (Ear Tubes)

Myringotomy is an outpatient surgery to treat chronic ear infections. It involves placing a small tube in the center of the ear drum to drain fluid and ventilate the area. This procedure is often performed on young children.

Endoscopic Sinus Surgery

Endoscopic sinus surgery is a procedure to open sinus passages so they can drain properly. It can entail removing blockages or creating new openings within the sinuses. The surgery is performed with a small tube called an endoscope. At Memorial Health University Medical Center, we offer the InstaTrack image-guided system that uses CT technology to guide the surgeon. We also offer Balloon Sinuplasty, as described above.

Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy

Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils and adenoids. It is an outpatient procedure and is usually performed on children. The procedure can relieve chronic tonsillitis and adenoiditis.

Ophthalmology

Our ophthalmic surgical teams specialize in the following procedures.

Eye Evisceration

This procedure involves removing the eye, but leaving the white portion (sclera) and the muscles in place. The eye socket can then be fitted with a prosthetic eye. Eye evisceration may be necessary to treat disease or eye pain when other measures fail.

Eye Trauma

Our surgical teams may be called upon to treat vision-threatening eye injuries, including blunt force injuries, chemical burns, scrapes/scratches, and penetrating eye injuries.

Pars Plana Vitrectomy

This procedure is often used to treat diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, or holes in the retina. Vitreous is a clear, jelly-like substance that fills the center of the eye. When it becomes clouded by disease, vision is impaired. A pars plana vitrectomy is an outpatient procedure that involves removing the clouded vitreous and replacing it with a salt solution to enhance vision.

Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery

Our oral/maxillofacial surgical teams specialize in the following procedures.

Mandibular Fracture

Surgery is required to repair a break in the lower part of the jaw (mandible). Whenever possible, our surgeons use a technique called open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) for mandibular fracture. This technique involves using titanium plates and screws to hold the jaw in place while the bone heals. The ORIF procedure enables the patient to use the jaw again (although in a limited fashion) very soon after surgery. Many patients find this preferable to other mandibular repair procedures that involve wiring the jaw shut for a period of time.

Tooth Extraction

This process involves removing a tooth completely from its socket in the bone. Surgery is often needed to remove impacted teeth that are stuck between the jawbone and the gum tissue. It is not uncommon for wisdom teeth to become impacted and/or require surgical extraction.

Organ Retrieval

Memorial Health University Medical Center (MHUMC) proudly works with LifeLink of Georgia to retrieve donor organs for life-saving transplants.

We do not perform organ transplants at MHUMC, but we do assist families throughout the donor process. Our highly trained surgeons remove donor organs and tissue and prepare them for a safe and fast transport to recipients in transplant facilities.

If you would like to be an organ donor, we encourage you to register with Donate Life Georgia, our state's organ, tissue, and eye donor registry.

Outpatient Surgery

Thanks to advances in medicine, many surgical procedures do not require a hospital stay. If you are scheduled for “outpatient” surgery, you will recover at the hospital or surgical center after your procedure, but you will not be admitted to the hospital overnight. At Memorial Health University Medical Center (MHUMC), we offer the following outpatient surgical services.

Ambulatory Care

The ambulatory care unit at MHUMC is an extended recovery area for patients who need medical care and supervision for up to 23 hours after surgery, but do not require hospital admission. Patients may need to stay in the ambulatory care unit after cardiac catheterization, arteriogram, myelogram, certain ENT surgeries, laparoscopic procedures, and orthopaedic surgeries. The team in ambulatory care is certified in a wide range of specialties, including medical/surgical care, chemotherapy administration, and advanced cardiac life support. The number for ambulatory care is (912) 350-8780.

Gastrointestinal Diagnostic Unit

The gastrointestinal diagnostic unit (GIDU) cares for both outpatients and inpatients. The unit conducts pre-procedure testing and preparation as well as care before and after the procedure. The team in GIDU includes specially trained nurses, endoscopy technicians, and anesthesia professionals. Patients are referred to the GIDU for a wide range of procedures, including esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), esophageal and colonic dilatation, ablation of Barrett’s esophagus, endoscopic ultrasound, endoscopic retrograde cholecysto pancreatography (ERCP), percutaneous feeding tube placement (PEG), colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, esophageal manometry, pH studies, paracentesis, bronchoscopy, and pain management procedures. The number for GIDU is (912) 350-8184.

Day Surgery

The Day Surgery Center at MHUMC has 20 adult beds and five pediatric rooms. Patients come to Day Surgery for a wide variety of open and laparoscopic surgery procedures. Within Day Surgery, patients undergo pre-surgical testing, surgical preparation, the surgical procedure itself, and post-surgery assessment and discharge. Our Day Surgery team includes expert surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, technicians, a child life specialist who supports pediatric patients, a representative from our patient and family centered care department, and valets who help patients park their cars. Day Surgery is open from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. The number for Day Surgery is (912) 350-8959.

Paulsen Street Surgery Center

The Paulsen Street Surgery Center is located a few blocks from the main MHUMC campus, at 4425 Paulsen Street. It has four operating rooms for a variety of outpatient orthopaedic surgical procedures. The Paulsen Street Surgery Center team includes surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses. The facility is open from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The number for Paulsen Street Surgery Center is (912) 350-2820.

Pediatric Surgery

Pediatric surgery teams from the Memorial Health Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children's Hospital of Savannah offer an array of procedures for children. The list below highlights just a few of our areas of specialization.

Diagnostic Surgery

Diagnostic surgery is performed to explore a condition and make a diagnosis. When possible, we perform diagnostic surgeries using instruments and cameras inserted through tiny incisions. This is called laparoscopic surgery. It may result in faster healing, less pain, and less risk of infection.

Neurosurgery

Memorial Health University Medical Center has the region's only pediatric neurosurgeon specializing in disorders that affect the brain and spinal cord, including tumors, seizure disorders, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and spina bifida.

Orthopaedic Surgery

Our pediatric orthopaedic surgeon specializes in bone and joint disorders and injuries in children.

Patent Ductus Arteriosus Repair

Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is a condition in which connecting blood vessels between the pulmonary artery and the aorta fail to close up after birth. Often, doctors first try to repair the opening with a transcatheter coil that does not require surgery. However, if that does not work or if the child is too small for catheterization, the opening must be closed surgically with stitches or clips.

Thorascopic Pectus Bar Insertion

This surgery is used to correct a condition called pectus excavatum. It occurs when cartilage in the chest grows over itself, causing the sternum to curve inward and have a concave appearance. It may occur during times of rapid growth, such as the early teenage years. During the surgery, doctors insert a titanium bar in the chest to support the sternum. The bar is then removed several years later.

Plastic Surgery

Our plastic surgery teams specialize in the following procedures.

Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction involves rebuilding a natural-looking breast after a mastectomy. It can be performed at the same time as the mastectomy or in a later surgery. The goal of breast reconstruction is to create a breast mound that closely matches the form, appearance, and symmetry of the natural breast. Learn more about the types of breast reconstruction we offer.

Mammaplasty (Breast Augmentation)

The term mammaplasty refers to any surgery to change the appearance of the breasts, including implant insertion or removal, breast reduction, and breast lift. Although it is cosmetic and often elective, mammaplasty is considered major surgery and must be performed by a skilled plastic surgeon. Learn more about breast augmentation.

Robotic Surgery

Memorial Health University Medical Center is proud to offer the da Vinci Si Surgical System for complex surgical procedures

With the da Vinci Si Surgical System, a highly trained surgeon controls a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The platform mimics the surgeon’s hand movements through tiny instruments that work inside the body. This enables the surgeon to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions (1 to 2 centimeters), with unmatched precision. For the patient, the benefits may include:

  • Less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Smaller scars
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less risk of injury
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery
  • Better clinical outcomes

Understanding Robotic Surgery

The da Vinci Si gives surgeons a high-definition, 3-D, magnified view of the surgical site, allowing for increased precision, versatility, and control in highly complex surgical procedures. Though it is often called a “robot,” the da Vinci Si cannot act on its own. Instead, the surgery is performed entirely by a surgeon with the assistance of skilled nurses, surgical assistants, and technicians.

You may be referred to Memorial Robotic Surgery for surgical treatment of gynecological cancers, hysterectomy, prostate surgery, uterine or vaginal prolapse, lung cancer surgery, chest mass removal, bowel resection, or certain types of head and neck cancers.

Trauma Surgery

Memorial Health University Medical Center is the home of the region's only Level 1 trauma center. That means we provide the highest level of emergency care as established by the American College of Surgeons. It also means our board-certified trauma surgeons and our designated trauma operating room are available around the clock.

Trauma surgery may be necessary after the body experiences a catastrophic impact, such as a major car crash, a gunshot wound, a stabbing, a severe fall, a crush injury, or being struck by a car. The goal of trauma surgery is to stop any further damage to the body and attempt to repair the damage that has already occurred. Our trauma surgery team also includes orthopaedic surgeons, vascular surgeons, and neurosurgeons.

Urology Surgery

Our urology teams specialize in the following surgical procedures.

Cystourethroscopy

During this procedure, a flexible tube and viewing device (called a cytoscope) is inserted through the urethra to examine the bladder and urinary tract. The surgeon looks for abnormal tissue, obstructions, tumors, or stones. Samples of the bladder tissue may be removed through the cystoscope for further examination. This procedure is used to diagnose bladder cancer.

Prostatectomy

This procedure removes all or part of the prostate gland and some of the tissue surrounding it. The surgery may be necessary to treat prostate cancer. We offer robotic prostatectomy with our da Vinci Si robotic surgery system.

Transurethral Resection (TUR) for Bladder Tumor

This procedure can be used to diagnose and treat bladder cancer. The surgeon inserts a cystoscope (a thin, flexible tube with a camera on it) through the urethra into the bladder. Tissue containing cancer cells can be surgically removed or burned away with an electric current.