The surgeons at Memorial Health’s specialty surgical center 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.
Our leading-edge services include a minimally invasive surgery center, the da Vinci robotic surgical system and a team of highly trained and nationally recognized surgeons.
- Ear, nose and throat surgery
- Enhanced surgical recovery program
- Head and neck surgery
- Minimally invasive surgery
- Oral-maxillofacial surgery
- Organ retrieval
- Outpatient surgery
- Pediatric surgery
- Plastic surgery
- Robotic surgery
- Surgical patient information
- Trauma surgery
- Urology surgery
Ear, nose and throat surgery
Our ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgical teams specialize in the following procedures.
Memorial Health offers balloon sinuplasty using 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.
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.
Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy
Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy are the surgical removals of the tonsils and adenoids. They are outpatient procedures usually performed on children and can relieve chronic tonsillitis and adenoiditis.
Enhanced surgical recovery program
Enhanced Surgical Recovery (ESR) is a proven, research-based partnership in which you have the ability to take a more active role with your clinical care team and help improve your own patient experience and surgical outcomes.
Benefits of ESR
- Eat sooner after surgery
- Shorten hospital stay
- Reduction of nausea
- Faster recovery
- Appropriate management of pain
Head and neck surgery
Call us at (912) 350-2299 to request an appointment.
Types of surgeries
- Melanoma and other cancers of the head and neck, oral cancers and throat cancers
- Endoscopic skull base surgery
- Larynx (voice box) tumors
- Laser surgery for head and neck tumors
- Neck tumors
- Parathyroid tumors
- Partial laryngeal surgery
- Robotic-assisted surgery for mouth, throat and larynx tumors
- Salivary gland issues
- Sentinel node biopsy
- Thyroid tumors
- Trans-oral laser microsurgery
- Vocal cord paralysis
- Voice and swallowing dysfunction
When to contact a head and neck surgeon
There are a variety of symptoms that may require the expertise of a head and neck surgeon. Some of the more common symptoms include:
- A sore throat or cough that does not go away
- A lump in the neck or the sensation of a lump in the throat
- Hoarseness or voice change
- Frequent choking on food or pain when swallowing
- Ear pain that does not go away
- Trouble breathing or noisy breathing
- A lip or mouth sore that does not heal
- A white or red patch or lump on the gums, tongue or lining of the mouth
- Unusual numbness or pain in the mouth, jaw or neck
- Weight loss, excessive perspiration, nervousness or heart palpitations that have no known explanation
- Unexplained changes in your hair or skin
Our ophthalmic surgical teams specialize in the following procedures.
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.
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, it can lead to vision impairment. A pars plana vitrectomy is an outpatient procedure that involves removing the clouded vitreous and replacing it with a salt solution to enhance vision.
Our oral/maxillofacial surgical teams specialize in the following procedures.
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.
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.
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 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, we offer the following outpatient surgical services.
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 orthopedic 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 cholangiopancreatography (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 Center
The Day Surgery Center at Memorial Health has 20 adult beds and five pediatric rooms. Patients come to Day Surgery Center for a wide variety of open and laparoscopic surgery procedures. Within Day Surgery Center, patients undergo pre-surgical testing, surgical preparation, the surgical procedure itself, post-surgery assessment and discharge. Our Day Surgery Center 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. The number for Day Surgery Center is (912) 350-8959.
Pediatric surgery teams from the Memorial Health Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children's Hospital of Savannah offer an array of procedures for children.
Diagnostic surgery is performed to explore a condition and make a diagnosis. When possible, we perform laparoscopic surgery to promote faster healing, less pain and less risk of infection.
Memorial Health 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.
Our pediatric orthopedic 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.
Our plastic surgery teams specialize in the following procedures.
Breast reconstruction involves rebuilding a natural-looking breast after a mastectomy. The goal of breast reconstruction is to create a breast mound that closely matches the form, appearance and symmetry of the natural breast.
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.
Memorial Health is proud to offer the da Vinci Surgical System for complex surgical procedures.
With the da Vinci 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 with unmatched precision.
For the patient, the benefits may include less pain and blood loss, smaller scars, less risk of infection and injury, shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.
Memorial Health is the home of the region's only Level 1 trauma center. That means we provide the highest level of emergency care with our designated trauma operating room available 24/7.
Our urology teams specialize in the following surgical procedures.
During this procedure, 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.
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.
Transurethral Resection (TUR) for bladder tumor
This procedure can be used to diagnose and treat bladder cancer. The surgeon inserts a cystoscope through the urethra into the bladder. Tissue containing cancer cells can be surgically removed or burned away with an electric current.