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.
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.