Surgical services in Waycross, Georgia

When you or someone you love needs surgery, you can take comfort in knowing that Memorial Satilla Health is here to provide comprehensive care. Our highly skilled surgeons have extensive experience in routine and complex surgeries. From surgery preparation to recovery, we walk with you to make sure your surgery experience is as smooth as possible.

For more information about our surgical services, contact our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (912) 584-6201.

Surgical treatment options we offer

When you need surgery, our team of specialists work together to provide the highest level of care. Your surgical team is led by a physician with specialized training in treating your condition.

Our specialty surgery areas include:

  • Advanced laparoscopic surgery (groin and abdominal hernias, colon resections and splenectomy)
  • Basic laparoscopic surgery (including appendix and gallbladder removal)
  • Biopsies and fine-needle aspiration
  • Breast biopsy and mastectomy
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Complex hernia repair
  • Chronic wound care management
  • Dialysis access surgeries and interventions
  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Laparoscopic anti-reflux procedures for chronic reflux and diaphragmatic hernias
  • Lung surgery
  • Ophthalmology (eye) surgery
  • Skin cancer and skin disorder management
  • Thoracotomy, video-assisted
  • Thyroid biopsies
  • Thyroidectomy, partial and total

Robotic surgery

We are leaders in minimally invasive and robotic surgical procedures to help patients recover and get back to their normal lives more quickly. Our surgeons focus on your specific needs and individual goals and provide comprehensive follow-through and support after treatment.

We are committed to this technology, which results in less pain, faster recovery time, fewer scars and better outcomes for our patients. Other benefits include:

  • Reduced trauma to the body
  • Reduced blood loss and need for transfusion
  • Less post operative medication
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stay

Minimally invasive surgery for women

We also offer minimally invasive procedures to specifically meet women's needs. Using laparoscopic surgery, our team is able to treat conditions such as endometriosis, incontinence and abnormal bleeding.

We offer the following laparoscopic surgeries:

  • Appendectomy
  • Endometriosis excision
  • Hernia repair
  • Hysterectomy
  • Myomectomy

Your surgery team

When you come to us for a procedure, members of our surgery team will be there for you every step of the way, We are here to guide you along the process and ensure that you are as comfortable as possible. In addition to your surgeon, your team may include:

  • Anesthesiologist
  • Nurse anesthetist or anesthesia assistant
  • Operating room nurse
  • Recovery room nurses and staff

We are also equipped to provide additional support during your surgery process, depending on your needs. This includes access to pharmacists, social workers, nutritionists and physical therapists.

Before your surgery

Before treatment, you will meet with the surgeon or surgical team to review your medical records, complete a physical examination and evaluate your need for surgery. They will also discuss the potential risks and benefits of the surgery.

If your doctor determines that surgery is the best option, they may request that you complete certain tests. For example, you may have a blood test to identify your blood type in case a blood transfusion is needed. In addition, you may be asked to go to our radiology department for an imaging scan.

Tips to prepare for surgery

We recommend you consider the following before your procedure:

  • Check with your insurance provider to find out whether you need to get pre-approval of insurance coverage before the surgery.
  • Talk with your doctor to learn what you should or should not eat or drink during the 24 hours before surgery.
  • Be sure to mention any medications and dietary or herbal supplements you are taking, including prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs.
  • Consider bringing a family member or friend on the day of surgery. After the surgery, your doctor will provide them with an update about how it went.
  • Arrange for care during your recovery phase, including transportation home from the hospital.

What to wear and bring to your surgery

When you arrive at the hospital, you may be asked to change into a hospital gown or remove clothing or jewelry that could interfere with the surgery. Leave valuables at home or with a family member in the waiting area. If you wear contacts, we recommend you wear your eyeglasses on the morning of your surgery.

What to expect after surgery

After surgery, your recovery time depends on the type of surgery and what kind of anesthesia is administered. For example, patients who have received local anesthesia may be able to go home shortly after the procedure.

Patients who received regional or general anesthesia are monitored carefully in a recovery room until it wears off. This usually takes one to two hours. When your condition is stable, you will either be transported to your hospital room or discharged home.

Follow-up appointment

Before you leave the hospital, you may be asked to schedule a follow-up appointment so your doctor can monitor your ongoing recovery. In addition, it is important to follow recovery instructions from your doctor or nurse, and contact your healthcare team if you have any questions.

Post-surgery rehabilitation

If rehabilitation is necessary after surgery to help you rebuild strength or regain certain skills, our physical and occupational therapists can help. Our physical therapy and rehabilitation unit offers expert specialists and state-of-the-art equipment to help you get back to your normal activities as quickly as possible.

Track your loved one's surgery

We are proud to offer Informer—a text service that can help loved ones keep track of your progress during surgery. You can sign up for these updates by texting Informer167 to 32222. For more information about this service, visit the Informer page.