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Surgical Services

More surgeries are performed on the North Mississippi Medical Center campus each year than anywhere else in Mississippi.

Surgeons perform more than 14,000 cases a year at the hospital's main facility. The NMMC Women's Hospital has one of the busiest gynecological surgery services in the state with about 2,500 cases annually. Close to 7,000 outpatient procedures are done each year at the Ambulatory Surgery Center on NMMC's campus.

NMMC's surgery department in the main hospital includes 24 operating rooms. An additional seven are located at the Ambulatory Surgery Center and five at NMMC Women's Hospital.

In 2011 NMMC opened the first hybrid operating room in north Mississippi, transforming conventional surgery techniques and paving the way for new minimally invasive surgeries. Located on the second floor of the hospital’s East Tower, the hybrid OR combines operating room capabilities with the most advanced imaging systems available. This feature enables physicians to make a diagnosis and then quickly proceed with treatment, without moving the patient or scheduling separate times for procedures.


Being able to perform multiple procedures in the same location improves patient care and efficiency. Potential benefits include fewer required surgeries, less risk for infection, shorter hospital stays, safer procedures, faster recoveries and better outcomes. The hybrid OR is extremely valuable when emergency cardiopulmonary bypass is required, or when a doctor halts an endoscopic procedure and decides conventional surgery is required.

Data integration is a key feature of the hybrid OR. During a procedure, the surgeon needs access to previous patient procedures, tests and images, while continuously monitoring the patient's current clinical status. This requires the ability to view a variety of images from X-rays, ultrasound, CT and MRI in both still and video formats, often simultaneously on multiple monitors. It is not uncommon for two, four and even eight monitors to be displaying data from multiple sources to different medical specialties and OR staff. All of this data must be coordinated in order to avoid delays and provide the best patient care. They hybrid OR features:

  • High-grade medical display monitors
  • Ability to play and distribute multiple test results and images from various hospital data systems
  • Ability to coordinate rapid access and switching of data sources and displays
  • Ability to capture data and images from the current procedure for future review

Surgeons use the hybrid OR for cases such as carotid, thoracic and abdominal stents; complex endovascular procedures; hybrid coronary artery bypass graft; minimally-invasive heart valve repair or replacement; and implanting ventricular assist devices for patients in cardiogenic shock. The facility also opens the door for other minimally-invasive procedures in cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery and orthopedics.

Because of NMMC's depth and breadth of surgery experience, the Tupelo hospital has enjoyed a teaching affiliation with the University of Mississippi Medical Center for more than 40 years. NMMC surgeons serve as clinical professors, assistant clinical professors or instructors with UMC's Department of Surgery.

NMMC's surgical expertise includes:

NMMC is on the cutting edge of technological advances in surgery. Some of the more complex procedures performed at NMMC include:

Pre-Anesthesia Admissions Testing (PAAT)

Patients visit the hospital’s Pre-Anesthesia Admissions Testing (PAAT) on a designated day before their actual surgery and are registered in the computer system in PAAT. A registered nurse obtains a medical history and discusses the anesthesia for the scheduled surgery. The surgeon orders the tests at this step. PAAT testing can include, but is not limited to, lab work. Other diagnostic tests such as an EKG or X-rays may be performed, if ordered, by your surgeon.
 

Anesthesia

A member of the anesthesia teams meets with all surgery patients before surgery. Patients are encouraged to inform this person if they have ever had any problems with anesthesia. After examining the patient and discussing his/her medical history and desires, the anesthesiologist will determine the best anesthetic plan for the individual.