Surgeons at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital perform more than 12,000 operations each year, and many of them are laparoscopic. These board-certified surgeons have pioneered new procedures for the region and led the way in advanced technology. Some of their specialties include:

Bariatric/gastric bypass


Ear, nose, and throat








Cosmetic and plastic

General surgeries

Neurosurgery/Back Surgery





Bariatric/gastric bypass is a major gastrointestinal operation that seals off most of the stomach to reduce the amount of food one can eat, it rearranges the small intestine to reduce the calories your body can absorb.

Breast including sentinel node biopsies, mastectomies and lumpectomies

Colorectal for treatment of colon cancer, Crohn's disease, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, and other diseases of the colon and rectum, including minimally invasive removal of tumors.

Cosmetic and plastic including breast, facial and reconstruction surgeries

Ear, nose, and throat surgeries to treat hearing loss, sinus conditions, throat cancers, and nasal reformation.

Endovascular including surgeries for abdominal aortic aneurysms.

General surgeries including minimally invasive hernia repair, gall bladder removal, and abdominal procedures.

Gynecological to treat fibroids, and diseases of the reproductive organs, including "no incision" alternatives to hysterectomy.

Neurosurgery including microsurgery for herniated disks and vertebroplasty for collapsed vertebrae.

Ophthalmologic surgery to remove cataracts and correct deformities of and around the eye.

Oral surgery for diseases and conditions of the mouth and jaw, including jaw realignment.

Orthopedics including surgery of the bones and joints, including total hip and knee replacements

Podiatric surgeries ranging from removal of bunions to reconstruction of the foot and ankle

Skin surgeries including removal of melanomas, common growths and skin graft procedures.

Thoracic surgery. All forms of minimally invasive thoracic surgery are offered at Hallmark Health System including surgery for the treatment of:

  • •  lung cancer
  • •  esophageal cancer
  • •  benign diseases of the lung and mediastinal tumors
  • •  minimally invasive lung procedures
  • •  vascular surgeries of the major arteries and veins

Urologic surgery, treating prostate conditions, urinary incontinence, kidney stones, and diseases of the kidneys and bladder.

Spinal Microsurgery outpatient surgical repair of herniated discs and other degenerative disc diseases. 

Innovations: Minimally invasive kidney surgery

For patients who have diseased kidneys due to cancer, chronic blockage, or severe stone disease, help is now available through new, minimally invasive surgery performed at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital.

The procedure, called laparoscopic nephrectomy, uses special microscopic instruments that allow surgeons to make smaller incisions than the larger incisions needed for traditional open surgery.

The innovative technique allows a urologist to remove the diseased kidney by making one small incision and two tiny holes for the laparoscope and other instruments. The procedure is much less painful for patients and most people go home on either the second or third day after surgery with positive results.

Laparoscopic nephrectomy typically is a treatment option for patients diagnosed with kidney cancer such as renal cell cancer or transitional cell cancer. It also can be performed to remove a painful or nonfunctioning kidney. 

Find a urologist

For more information or to find a urologist, please call our physician referral line at (800) 540-9191 or use our Find a Physician service.


Innovations: Minimally Invasive Surgery: A revolution in miniature

Minimally invasive surgery refers to a variety of procedures that use specially designed microsurgical instruments inserted into a patient's body through tiny incisions.

During these procedures, surgeons watch the progress of the work through miniature camera systems on very narrow, flexible scopes.

Less pain, quick recovery

Every year, more and more surgical procedures are performed in a minimally invasive manner - with smaller incisions, reduced pain, shorter hospital stays, and a speedy return to normal life. Minimally invasive surgery is revolutionizing all areas of surgery from neurosurgery to cardiothoracic procedures.

Nearly all patients having minimally invasive surgery are able to go home the same day and return to work within seven to 10 days. In the past, patients needing gall bladder or knee surgery, faced a four-to-seven-day stay in the hospital and months to recuperate.

Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital have been on the leading edge in minimally invasive surgery. Some specialty areas include:

  • •  Arthroscopic repair of shoulder, knee, and ankle joints
  • •  Endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • •  Laparoscopic banding for obesity
  • •  Laparoscopic removal of bowel tumors
  • •  Laparoscopic removal of the gall bladder
  • •  Laparoscopic repair of gastric reflux
  • •  Laparoscopic repair of hernias
  • •  Minimally invasive hip surgery
  • •  Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • •  Sinus endoscopy


Arthroscopic surgery advances

Arthroscopy is a surgical technique that uses tiny incisions and a fiber-optic camera to treat the painful joint. It is replacing many of the older surgical procedures states especially for the shoulder and knee. The result is that incisions are smaller, pain is reduced and recovery is quicker. These techniques were originally available only to a few high performance athletes. They are now becoming accessible to the public at large.

Gastric reflux relief

Laparoscopic treatments also have proven successful for gastric reflux disease-heartburn caused by the upward flow of acid juices from the stomach. Working through five small incisions in the patient's abdomen, the largest of which is the diameter of a dime, he repairs damage to the diaphragm.

Gynecological Surgeries

Today's gynecological surgeries are easier than ever for patients, thanks to new minimally invasive procedures.

Uterine fibroid ablation
A procedure called uterine fibroid ablation provides a cure for abnormal or heavy bleeding caused by benign masses on the uterus.

During this minimally invasive procedure, a physician inserts a sophisticated instrument called a hysteroscope into the uterus through the vagina. Using heat, the hysteroscope kills the fibroids by damaging the arterial branches that supply them with blood, curing the patient of her fibroid pain almost instantly.

"Ablation has about a 90 percent success rate for uterine fibroids," said Steven Dakoyannis, MD, board-certified OB/GYN on staff at Melrose Wakefield Hospital. "Most patients will revert to a regular menstrual period following the procedure."

This procedure is recommended only for women who have completed their childbearing.

Minimally invasive tubal ligation
For women thinking about tubal ligation, minimally invasive procedures are a new, leading- edge alternative. In a procedure that usually takes less than 20 minutes, soft flexible micro-inserts are placed in the fallopian tubes hysteroscopically. The process is nearly pain-free with a quick recovery time and has proven close to 100 percent effective.

Uterine fibroid embolization
A nonsurgical alternative to treat abnormal bleeding caused by fibroids is uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). In this minimally invasive procedure, an interventional radiologist maps the blood supply to the uterus and fibroid with fluoroscopy (X-ray imaging). A catheter is then inserted into a small incision in the groin to inject small particles that block the blood supply to the fibroids, effectively killing them.

"UFE is a viable alternative to hysterectomy," said Wayne Wivell, MD, chief of interventional radiology at Melrose Wakefield Hospital. "With UFE, women are typically hospitalized for one night and often are able to return to work within a week."

For a gynecological surgeon or interventional radiologist, please call our physician referral line at (800) 540-9191.




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