Willie V. Melvin III, MD, FACS
General & Robotic Surgery
Robotic Assisted Laparoscopy (RAL)
RAL Stomach Surgery
RAL Gallbladder Surgery
RAL Colon Surgery
RAL Hernia Surgery
Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication
Axillary Sentinel Node Dissection
Breast Cancer Surgery
Sebaceous Cyst Removal
Skin Cancer Excision
Skin Mole Excision
Abdominal Wall Hernia Repair
Anti Reflux Surgery
Endoscopic Placed Gastric Tube
Endoscopic Placed Jejunal Tube
Hiatal Hernia Repair
Inguinal Hernia Repair
Parastomal Hernia Repair
Placement of Gastric Electric Stimulator
Repair of Recurrent Hernias
Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF)
TIF for Reflux – Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Society of Robotic Surgeons
Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Metabolic Surgeons
Fellow of the American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgeons
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
Society of American Gastrointestinal & Endoscopic Surgeons
Southeastern Surgical Congress
American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgeons
American Society of Veteran Administration Surgeons
American College of Surgeons
Stones River Regional IPA
Dr. Willie Melvin has earned the Surgeon of Excellence in Hernia Surgery accreditation.
Surgeons of Excellence
SRC awarded the Hernia Surgery accreditation to Dr. Willie Melvin after thoroughly reviewing surgical outcomes data, medical records and internal processes.
Meet Dr. Melvin
HAL-RAR Patient Testimonial
I’m able to hike in these beaufitul mountains today thanks to Dr. Willie Melvin in Smyrna, TN. He’s a surgeon who knows about the HAL-RAR procedure, which is a hemmorhoid procedure. I dealt with hemmorhoids for about 10 years and was miserable not being able to hike or play tennis like I wanted to do. My doctors in Memphis said it was time for surgery. So I looked into the surgery and it was going to be a lot of cutting and cauterizing and it seemed like there should be a better way. After searching online, I found out about the HAL-RAR procedure and called The Surgical Clinic who put me in touch with Dr. Melvin in Smyrna, TN.
General Robotic Surgery
In the hands of Dr. Willie Melvin, the minimally invasive precise movements of tiny instruments of the da Vinci Robot may be the way your surgery is performed. Rather than the surgeon’s hands in your body, their hand movements are guiding robotic tools. Using a tiny camera with a light that sends precise videos to a monitor in the operating room theater, Dr. Melvin is able to guide the entirety of the surgical procedure from hand held instruments at a control panel.
This Robotic surgical technique means small incisions, the ability for Dr. Melvin to zoom in and magnify the area of concern all with great precision. This targeted surgical approach generally allows patients to recover faster with less pain and less need for pain medications. Making this one of the best procedures available from a general surgeon in Nashville, TN.
TIF TALK WITH DR. MELVIN
Dr. Willie Melvin, board certified general/advanced laparoscopic/robotic surgeon at The Surgical Clinic | TSC Rutherford, speaks with Andrea Millers from EndoGastric Solutions about anti-reflux (GERD) procedures known as TIF. *GERD – GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease, also referred to as acid reflux or heartburn.
Learn more about what GERD is and what types of symptoms patients can typically feel if they’re suffering from GERD or acid reflux.
Welcome to the 1st in a series of seminars with Dr. Melvin! Today’s focus is on heartburn – “Is your heartburn something more serious?“
What is heartburn?
Heartburn is a term commonly used to describe symptoms. Most of the burning sensation is the epigastric, or upper abdomen area next to the heart. A lot of patients come in and present to the emergency room with symptoms similar to a heart attack. It goes by the name of heartburn, indigestion, reflux, acid reflux… All of those describe the symptoms presented from the regurgitation of acid from the stomach to the esophagus.
How do you manage heartburn? Initially, symptoms may present once or twice after a certain event or after certain meals, sometimes we overindulge at Thanksgiving and all of that pressure forces more acid up. The reality is that all of us have reflux; it’s a normal physiological response. The difference is that normally once you get that reflux, there’s an inherent mechanism that flushes away (or neutralizes/clears away) that process. In the standing position, if you have reflux, acid would then go down because of gravity. The alkaline nature of your saliva as you swallow, it neutralizes some of that reflux. The normal valve mechanism that causes things to go in one direction sometimes doesn’t work well and that presents with a pathologic problem of acid reflux disease, heartburn, or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).
Initially, once heartburn has been treated, sometimes you can get medicines over the counter. A lot of these are more powerful, anti-acid or acid blocking medicine, which is okay once in awhile.
How to reduce initial heartburn: adjust your diet, don’t over eat, have smaller portions over a day period, modify your behavior, don’t eat too late and then lay down. Learn more about what heartburn is and how to treat it from Dr. Melvin.