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
Minimally Invasive Procedures
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.
What Results Can I Expect From Minimally Invasive Weight Loss Surgery?
Minimally invasive procedures have generally provided excellent outcomes, both post-operatively and in terms of the total weight loss achieved. Patients typically experience less discomfort, bleeding, and swelling after their procedure when compared to traditional open surgery. The overall recovery period is also shorter than less invasive approaches since the incisions placed are not as lengthy. In this regard, patients also appreciate having less extensive scarring after their weight loss surgery.
The amount of weight loss experienced after minimally invasive surgery depends on which procedure was performed, with the duodenal switch and gastric bypass procedures often yielding the greatest amount of total weight shed. However, your results are ultimately determined by how committed you are to changing your lifestyle. Dr. Bagshahi will talk to you at length about what you can expect after your procedure.
How Much Does Minimally Invasive Weight Loss Surgery Cost?
Less invasive techniques can be used to perform a variety of weight loss procedures, so there is no “one-size-fits-all” cost for minimally invasive surgery. A personalized quote for your procedure will be provided during your consultation, but your cost estimate will be influenced by factors including:
- The type of approach utilized (laparoscopic, robotic, endoscopic, etc.)
- The type of procedure performed
- The complexity of your treatment plan
- Fees for the anesthesia, surgeon, operating facility, and other standard surgical costs
Prices will also vary nationwide depending on your geographic location. Our office can speak with you about insurance coverage and bariatric surgery financing options at the time of your visit. We accept payment plans from CareCredit®, United Medical Credit®, Prosper® Healthcare Lending for qualified patients.
Why Choose Dr. Bagshahi for Minimally Invasive Weight Loss Surgery?
Dr. Hossein Bagshahi, lead bariatric surgeon and Medical Director of our weight loss practice, is the ideal choice for Dallas patients considering minimally invasive surgery to achieve their goals. Dr. Bagshahi is among few plastic surgeons in North Texas who are certified by the American Board of Surgery and who specialize exclusively in bariatric procedures. Dr. Bagshahi has also completed invaluable fellowship training in minimally invasive, laparoscopic, and robotic-assisted weight loss surgery, making him uniquely qualified to utilize these techniques. Dr. Bagshahi stands out for many reasons, including:
- His status as a Fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (FASMBS), a prestigious credential that can signify a plastic surgeon’s ability to stay attuned to evolving techniques
- As a published author and educator, Dr. Bagshahi has written about minimally invasive surgery in peer-reviewed publications like the Journal of Clinical Research and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
- Dr. Bagshahi has completed highly competitive fellowship training in Bariatric, Endoscopic, and Minimally Invasive Surgery.
- Dr. Bagshahi is passionate about utilizing a minimally invasive approach whenever possible. When asked about his favorite part of being a bariatric surgeon, Dr. Bagshahi replied “…taking a difficult situation that is often rejected by medical and surgical care, and performing an elegant minimally invasive operation to improve patients’ lives.”
Our team takes great pride in offering patients a less invasive approach to surgery that can still achieve weight loss goals with less downtime, discomfort, swelling, and scarring. No matter what your needs may be, Dr. Bagshahi has the skill and experience to develop the best treatment plan for you.
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.