Pediatric surgery teams from the Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children's Hospital of Savannah at Memorial University Medical Center offer an array of procedures for children. The list below highlights just a few of our areas of specialization.
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.
We perform tonsil and adenoid removal and ear tube placement. For more information about these surgeries, please visit our ENT surgery page.
Memorial University Medical Center has the region's only pediatric neurosurgeon. Willard Thompson, M.D., specializes in disorders that affect the brain and spinal cord, including tumors, seizure disorders, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and spina bifida.
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.
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.