Types of Surgery

Anesthesia Services

Memorial's anesthesia department provides safe anesthesia care for inpatients and outpatients at Memorial Medical Center. Anesthesia care is provided by a team of anesthesiologists (physicians) and certified registered nurse anesthetists (registered nurses) who are specially trained in the field of anesthesia. The anesthesia team administers general anesthesia, epidurals, intravenous sedation, and regional blocks.

Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

Memorial Medical Center provides a wide range of cardiac, thoracic and vascular procedures. Procedures performed in the cardiac surgery area include coronary artery bypass grafting, valve replacements, pacemaker insertions, and other vascular procedures and lung procedures. For more information on cardio-thoracic surgery, visit Memorial Heart & Vascular Services.

Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT) Surgery

A variety of surgeries are routinely performed to assist patients with ear, nose and throat conditions. Procedures such as tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, myringotomy tube insertion, septoplasty, functional endoscopic sinus surgery, and uvulopalatoplasty (for treatment of sleep apnea) are frequently performed at Memorial Medical Center. Rigid and/or flexible endoscopic techniques are used for esophagoscopy, bronchoscopy, and direct laryngoscopy procedures. Facial fractures are treated using various plating systems. Major surgeries of the ear are performed using techniques to improve or restore hearing loss. Surgeries for the diagnosis and treatment of head-and-neck cancer are also performed. An operative microscope is frequently used to provide the visualization necessary for many ENT procedures. State-of-the-art computer-guided technology is also used to promote treatment of some ENT procedures. Techniques employing the use of a CO2 laser are also available.

General and Vascular Surgery

Laparoscopic technology provides the visualization of internal organs with a telescope inserted through a small abdominal incision. This technology is used for diagnosis and treatment of disease. Laparoscopic techniques are often used to remove the gallbladder or appendix, or for hernia repair. A wide range of procedures for cancer of the colon, liver, breast and other anatomical sites are performed in conjunction with the care provided to patients who come to Memorial's Regional Cancer Center. Radiofrequency technology is available to assist in the treatment of liver tumors. Sentinel node mapping is used in the identification of lymph nodes in breast and melanoma cancers.

Gynecologic/Reproductive Surgery

A full range of services are available for patients needing gynecologic surgery. Laparoscopic procedures are performed for diagnostic purposes and operative treatment. CO2 laser therapy is available for treatment. Dilation and curettage, thermal balloon, endometrial ablation, operations for prolapse and incontinence, removal of benign tumors, and vaginal or abdominal hysterectomies are some of the common gynecologic surgeries performed at Memorial Medical Center. A variety of operations are completed to assist patients with reproductive disorders, including sterilization reversal, GIFT, and in-vitro procedures. Malignancies involving the reproductive organs, including cancer of the cervix, uterus, and ovaries can be treated with state-of-the-art surgical operations, and facilities are available in the hospital for chemotherapy or radiation therapy.


Memorial's neurosurgical service encompasses the areas of general spine (cervical/thoracic/lumbar discectomy, laminectomy); complex spine (spinal fusion and instrumentation); peripheral nerve (carpal tunnel syndrome and ulnar decompression); and brain and spinal-tumor surgery. State-of-the-art technology based on computer guidance services known as stereotactic radioimaging is utilized to provide improved treatments for neurosurgical conditions, such as brain tumors and physiologic-movement disorders. Also available to our physicians is a highly sophisticated computerized navigational technique referred to as an image-guided system. This system offers a three-dimensional computerized anatomic visualization to assist the neurosurgeon in pinpointing the operative site and promoting patient outcomes.


Memorial Medical Center offers outpatient and inpatient ophthalmic services. Strabismus repairs correct eye muscle problems in small children. Oculoplastic procedures offer plastic reconstruction for patients of all ages. Treatment options are available for patients with glaucoma. Cataract surgery is frequently performed on patients in the aging population. Specialty treatments are available for patients with diseases and injuries of the retina. These include laser therapy, vitrectomy, scleral buckling, placement of silicone oil, retinal tack placement, and cryotherapy. Corneal transplants are available for patients who have suffered damage to the cornea.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Innovative treatment options are available for patients seeking treatment for oral and maxillofacial problems or facial fractures. In addition to routine dental procedures, Memorial offers progressive surgical treatments, including the use of a mandibular bone transport system for treatment of patients with cancer of the mandible. The Rigid External Distraction system is available for patients with craniomaxillofacial anomalies. Another technical advancement is the maxillofacial cement system used for facial-skeletal deformity repairs as well as rigid fixation for dental-facial deformity and fracture repair.

Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic surgical services are provided to patients with injuries, diseases/disorders, and degenerative conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system. Patients benefit from advanced technologies and highly skilled surgical teams. We perform many total joint replacements utilizing a variety of instrumentation and implants based on individual patient need. A special air flow system (laminar flow) directs air currents during the procedure producing an optimal environment for wound healing. Arthroscopes are utilized on less invasive procedures for diagnostic visualization and treatment of various joint conditions. Internal and external systems are utilized to stabilize many types of simple and complex fractures. Special procedures are performed for treatment of degenerative conditions, spinal tumors, disc disease, scoliosis, or spinal-cord injury and utilize a variety of spinal fixation systems and surgical approaches inclusive of laparoscopic technology.

Plastic Reconstruction and Burn-Related Surgery

Memorial provides comprehensive care for patients seeking plastic and reconstructive surgery. These procedures include routine outpatient cosmetic surgeries as well as extensive reconstruction operations which are available to patients admitted to our Regional Burn Center. Microsurgery techniques are used on various plastic reconstructive procedures such as reattachment and restoration of amputated digits or limbs. A comprehensive plan of care is offered for patients with skin or breast cancer which may include the use of tissue expanders, implants or various flap reconstruction techniques.


Podiatric services treat ailments of the foot and ankle. Area podiatrists perform surgical procedures using the most current technology available to the bones of the feet and ankle. Podiatric surgical services help relieve pain associated with foot deformities and improve function of the foot and ankle. The surgical treatment of ulcers and wounds associated with diabetic foot management is also provided.


Memorial Medical Center provides a full range of urological services for patients seeking diagnostic, treatment, or surgical intervention for conditions of the genitourinary system. Some urological procedures can be performed using an endoscope to visualize the bladder, ureter, and kidney pelvis, but others require more invasive techniques. Artificial sphincters or transvaginal taping techniques are performed to improve or restore urinary continence. Holmium, Yag or Greenlight laser techniques are utilized in various urological procedures.