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Memorial Hospital at Gulfport Leads in Advanced Surgical Technologies

Posted Date: April 2, 2019

Seated at the control console a few feet from the patient, the surgeon performs minimally invasive robotic assisted surgery.

A steadfast determination to improve patient care at every level has long motivated Memorial Hospital to introduce breakthrough medical technologies in communities along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Thousands of Robotic Surgery Cases Completed

Memorial launched its robotic-assisted surgery program in 2010 with its first case using the Da Vinci system. This type of surgery allows the surgeon to perform minimally invasive procedures with precision and accuracy, resulting in fewer complications and reduced recovery time for the patient. Sensitive and detailed enough to peel the skin off a grape, the robotic arms of the device are guided by the surgeon throughout the procedure. Cameras on the device give the surgeon in-depth views of the surgery site and surrounding areas in ultra-high definition and magnification. Common procedures include colon and gallbladder removal as well as hernia repairs, hysterectomy, removal of ovaries and ovarian cysts, removal of the prostate, bladder, and kidney (total and partial), pelvic floor and kidney reconstruction.

Advantages include:

  • Fewer complications, such as surgical site infection
  • Less pain and blood loss
  • Quicker recovery
  • Smaller, less noticeable scars

Memorial has performed thousands of robotic assisted laparoscopic procedures since acquiring the system in 2010. In 2016, Memorial added another robotic assisted surgery system with the Xi, while continuing to upgrade the older model with the X system to remain at the cutting edge on the Gulf Coast. Learn more at ww.gulfportmemorial.com.

“This technology is yet another example that Memorial Hospital is committed to practice state-of-the-art medicine for the people of this community,” said D. Champ Weeks, MD, Urologic Surgeon, and Medical Director of Robotic Surgery. “We continuously strive toward raising the bar on excellence in health care for the Gulf Coast.”

Robotic Spine Surgery in the Skilled Hands of Neurosurgeons

In November 2018, Memorial neurosurgeons introduced an important surgical breakthrough: robotic-guided spine surgery. The robotic navigation system of the Mazor X platform provides a high level of precision that is especially critical operating around the delicate and intricate regions of the spine. Working with special software, cameras and detailed images, the neurosurgeon plans and verifies every aspect of the procedure; then guides the Mazor X robotic arm with millimeter accuracy according to the plan. Memorial has the only board-certified neurosurgeons on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. They specialize in minimally invasive techniques to treat disorders of the brain, spine, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. Eric Wolfson, MD, Neurosurgeon and Director of Neurosurgery, completed the first case at Memorial. This first successful use of Mazor X’s powerful 3D surgical planning software and pre-operative CT scans demonstrates our commitment to practicing state-of-the-art medicine at Memorial.

“With the Mazor X system, I develop a computer-aided plan, so I know exactly where and how to direct the movement of the robotic arm, a minimally invasive tool giving us enhanced surgical precision and an even higher level of control,” Wolfson said. “Lower complication rates, reduced pain, faster recovery–these are reasons robotic spine surgery in the hands of a neurosurgeon could be a great option.”

Questions? E-mail RoboticSpine@mhg.com or call (228) 867-4856.

A Better Method to Detect Lung Cancer

Memorial continues to advance in cancer care with the acquisition of the Monarch™ Platform, an innovation to fight lung cancer through earlier diagnosis.

“Lung cancer leads to more deaths every year in Mississippi than do breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers combined, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health,” said Joseph Bosarge, MD, Interventional Pulmonologist. “The more tools we have to detect and treat lung cancer, the better.”

The Monarch robotic bronchoscope extends like a telescope through the patient’s airways. The doctor guides it directly into the far and narrow reaches of the lungs to view nodules that are small and difficult to reach and to obtain a tissue sample for biopsy. The result is a more accurate, earlier diagnosis of lung cancer, often at a stage when treatment is most likely to be successful.

“The Monarch Platform provides improved reach, vision and control for bronchoscopic procedures, thus allowing us to make a diagnosis earlier,” said Summer Allen, MD, Pulmonologist. “We are excited about the promise of this technology offering a more hopeful future for our patients with lung cancer.”

Beginning Spring 2019, Memorial will be the first in Mississippi to offer this revolutionary endoscopic technology.