Robotic Surgery at Memorial Hospital

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. Kristine Carter, General Surgeon; Dr. Don Gaddy, Gynecologist; Dr. Keith Goodfellow, Gynecologist; Dr. Shahira Hanna, Gynecologist; Dr. Thomas Lehman, Gynecologist; Dr. Michael McKay, Gynecologist; Dr. John Pappas, Gynecologist; Dr. Joanna Trus, Gynecologist; and Dr. Alicia Ware, Gynecologist. 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.

Dr. Champ Weeks Dr. Kristine Carter Dr. Don Gaddy Dr. Keith Goodfellow Dr. Shahira Hanna Dr. Scott Blackburn
Dr. Mike McKay Dr. Joanna Trus Dr. Alisha Ware Dr. Donielle Daigle


Memorial has one of the most active robotic programs in south Mississippi with ten robotically-skilled surgeons working in three different specialties, assisted by a highly trained surgical support team of nurses and technicians.

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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, 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.

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Robotic Assisted Surgery

The past two decades have witnessed a revolutionary transition in surgical technique and technology. Traditionally, surgeries had been performed in the open manner, in which large incisions were required for the surgeon to plainly observe and manipulate the surgical field. These incisions inevitably created significant patient trauma—substantial pain and suffering, extended recovery time, prolonged pain management and elevated costs.

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