Minimally Invasive Surgery
Beyond weight loss surgery, bariatric surgeon Hossein Bagshahi, MD is committed to bringing relief to North Texas patients who have not experienced successful outcomes from medications or lifestyle changes. At the frontier of our minimally invasive surgical options are laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Whether treating acid reflux, hernias, gallbladder, or obesity, Dr. Bagshahi has expert-level training in the use of advanced, minimally invasive techniques that can complete surgeries more accurately. These approaches can also lead to decreased recovery times, less pain, and improved clinical outcomes overall.
We stay abreast of all the technological innovations available to treat our patients who struggle with obesity. After gaining a sense of your goals, Dr. Bagshahi will discuss potential treatment options with you and answer your questions to help determine the best solutions for you.
- Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Treatable Conditions and Concerns
- Types of Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Minimally Invasive Procedures
What are the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Minimally invasive weight loss surgery can greatly enhance a patient’s experience during and after several bariatric procedures. Specialized surgical instruments, such as a laparoscope, are used to perform surgery with smaller cuts and a higher degree of control than traditional surgical methods. Depending on whether the right approach for you involves laparoscopic or robotic-assisted surgery, minimally invasive techniques can yield:
- Shorter incisions compared to traditional surgery
- More accuracy during your operation
- Less bleeding, swelling, downtime, and overall discomfort
- Less extensive scarring once incisions are healed
Dr. Bagshahi will evaluate whether our minimally invasive surgery options can benefit you, and explain every aspect of treatment so you’re well-educated on how a given procedure can achieve your goals. A consultation will give you insight into specific techniques, anticipated benefits, potential risks, and the approximate recovery timeline you can expect after surgery.
Treatable Conditions with Minimally Invasive Surgery
Bariatric surgery is just one medical specialty that employs minimally invasive techniques to improve patient outcomes — laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery is also used to treat certain gynecologic, pelvic, and thoracic conditions as well. As it relates to weight loss and digestive issues, minimally invasive surgery can benefit patients who suffer from any of the following conditions:
- Management of gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD)
- Hiatus (diaphragm) hernias
- Groin hernias
- Abdominal wall hernias
- Gallbladder disease
Types of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Incisionless Weight Loss Surgery
We offer laparoscopic nissen fundoplication and newer procedures to correct acid reflux (GERD), hiatal hernias, and other conditions. Transoral incisionless fundoplication is an effective, minimally invasive procedure to treat certain digestive disorders. Dr. Bagshahi uses the innovative and FDA-cleared EsophyX® device attached to a standard endoscope to perform incisionless techniques that are helping patients experience a new lease on life.
Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery
Laparoscopic or “keyhole” surgery is named after the cutting-edge tool used to perform each procedure — a laparoscope, which refers to a thin, lighted telescope with a camera on the end. The laparoscope is inserted into small half-inch incisions, allowing Dr. Bagshahi to view what’s happening inside your body on a chairside monitor. With the assistance of a laparoscope and other specialized surgical instruments, Dr. Bagshahi can complete the procedure through several tiny cuts. This eliminates the need for one long incision, which is often necessary with traditional surgical procedures. As a result, patients are typically able to recover faster and make a speedier return to their normal activities.
Robotic-Assisted Weight Loss Surgery
At the forefront of our robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery program is the da Vinci® Surgical System. Robotic surgery can be an excellent approach to complete complex portions of laparoscopic surgery, as well as for revision bariatric surgery cases. These methods only require small incisions, which contrast with traditional surgery performed through a large, open incision. Dr. Hossein Bagshahi is one of few fellowship-trained bariatric surgeons in the country who utilizes advanced robotic techniques.
Minimally Invasive Procedures
In addition to weight loss procedures, minimally invasive surgery can be incorporated into treatment for a range of digestive and gastrointestinal conditions. Conservative solutions will always be utilized first, but patients who require surgery to improve their symptoms may benefit from options such as:
Certain issues or digestive problems may necessitate gallbladder removal surgery, a popular treatment option considered relatively low-risk and very rewarding for individuals who experience pain from gallbladder issues. For some patients, the formation of gallbladder stones can block normal function of the gallbladder and cause symptoms like indigestion, nausea, pain, or vomiting. Gallbladder removal can be performed laparoscopically to improve, or even eliminate, these symptoms without the downtime associated with open surgery.
The feeling of a burning sensation in the chest is typically indicative of gastroesophageal reflux disorder (or GERD), which often develops due to obesity or a poor diet consisting of highly acidic foods. If certain factors indicate you may benefit from surgery, minimally invasive heartburn treatment can be performed with incisionless, laparoscopic, or robotic techniques to help control acid reflux and reduce your symptoms.
Gastroesophageal reflux disorder essentially refers to more severe cases of acid reflux, along with its associated symptoms (heartburn, damage to the esophageal lining, etc.). GERD can be managed through lifestyle changes and simple preventative measures, such as limiting your intake of spicy or acidic foods, but surgery may be recommended in certain cases. At our practice, Dr. Bagshahi offers several minimally invasive GERD procedures to minimize acid reflux and reduce esophageal inflammation.
Hernias can develop in the abdomen, upper stomach, groin, or a previous incision site. While some hernias cause no symptoms, others can lead to swelling, pain, or a visible lump at the site of the hernia. Fortunately, hernia surgery may be completed with minimal invasiveness using a laparoscope or the da Vinci® robotic surgical system. These techniques can allow Dr. Bagshahi to repair a hernia and alleviate symptoms without disturbing the surrounding tissues.
Dr. Bagshahi and our friendly medical team are committed to developing the most ideal treatment plan to improve your health, confidence, and quality of life. Don’t hesitate to contact Bagshahi General and Bariatric Surgery at our Fort Worth office to schedule your consultation with Dr. Bagshahi, or to learn more about our services.