Robotic Assisted Surgery
The Robotic Assisted Surgery Team at Memorial
The following physicians on Memorial Medical Staff currently use robotic surgery for their patients: Dr. Champ Weeks, Urologic Surgeon / Medical Director of Robotic Surgery; Dr. Keith Goodfellow, Gynecologist; Dr. Shahira Hanna, Gynecologist; Dr. Scott Blackburn, General Surgeon; Dr. Thomas Lehman, Gynecologist; Dr. Michael McKay, Gynecologist; Dr. John Pappas, Gynecologist; Dr. Joanna Trus, Gynecologist; Dr. Alisha Ware, Gynecologist; Dr. Donielle Daigle, Gynecologist; Dr Jacob Jorns, Urologic Surgeon; Dr. David Trey Rimmer, General Surgeon. Some of the procedures performed include the removal of the gallbladder and spleen, removal of the uterus, ovary and ovarian cyst, removal of the prostate, bladder, kidney (total and partial) and kidney reconstruction.
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EXPERIENCE COUNTS. COUNT ON MEMORIAL
Memorial has one of the most active robotic programs in south Mississippi with 12 robotically-skilled surgeons working in three different specialties, assisted
by a highly trained surgical support team of nurses and technicians.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. What are the benefits of da Vinci Surgery compared with traditional methods of surgery?
A. Some of the major benefits experienced by surgeons using the da Vinci Si Surgical System over traditional approaches have been greater surgical precision, increased range of motion.
Q. What is Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)?
A. MIS is surgery typically performed through small incisions, or operating ports, rather than large incisions, resulting in potentially shorter recovery times, fewer complications, reduced hospitalization costs and reduced trauma to the patient.
Q. What are the benefits of robotic assisted surgery compared with traditional methods of surgery?
A. Some of the major benefits experienced by surgeons using the da Vinci Si Surgical System over traditional approaches have been greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity, enhanced visualization and improved access. Benefits experienced by patients may include a shorter hospital stay, less pain, less risk of infection, less blood loss, fewer transfusions, less scarring, faster recovery and a quicker return to normal daily activities. None of these benefits can be guaranteed, as surgery is necessarily both patient- and procedure-specific. Normal surgical complications may occur with surgery. Talk this over with your doctor.
Q. Is a surgeon using robotic assisted surgery operating in “virtual reality”?
A. Although seated at a console a few feet away from the patient, the surgeon views an actual image of the surgical field while operating in real-time, through tiny incisions, using miniaturized,
wristed instruments. At no time does the surgeon see a virtual image or program/command the system to perform any maneuver on its own/outside of the surgeon’s direct, real-time control.
BENEFITS OF ROBOTIC SURGERY
The past two decades have witnessed a revolutionary transition in surgical technique and technology. In the late 1990s, another evolutionary stage in the development of surgical technique was achieved
with the application of robotics to surgical technology.