What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?


Arlington and Dallas-Fort Worth – About Minimally Invasive Surgery

In the past, surgery for weight loss and other conditions had to be performed using large, open incisions that allowed surgeons to access the area being treated. Thanks to the development of the laparoscopic camera and other state-of-the-art surgical devices, specially trained surgeons such as Dr. Glenn Ihde, who serves Arlington and all of the Dallas-Fort Worth area at Minimally Invasive Bariatrics, are able to perform surgery using smaller incisions. The laparoscopic approach translates to smaller scars, less bleeding, and fewer complications for patients.

The Minimally Invasive Approach

The goal of minimally invasive surgery is to complete the procedure in a way that is easier on the patient’s body, minimizing post-operative pain and scarring while speeding the healing process and reducing the likelihood of post-surgical complications. The key to minimally invasive surgery is the laparoscope. A laparoscope is a rod-like piece of optical equipment that transmits light and images from the inside of the abdominal cavity to the camera outside of the body.  The laparoscope is only about the diameter of a writing pen, and so can be inserted into the body through a very small incision, giving Dr. Ihde a clear view of the inside of the body. Surgical implements are inserted through other small incisions to complete the procedure.

Our Minimally Invasive Procedures

Minimally invasive surgery requires specialized tools and training. Dr. Ihde is a laparoscopic surgery expert, and he is fully qualified to perform many different minimally invasive procedures. His patients benefit from state-of-the-art facilities and an approach to medicine specifically geared toward making the most of minimally invasive surgery.

Weight Loss Surgery

Our practice offers a selection of different weight loss procedures. Each of them can be performed as a minimally invasive surgery. Gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and gastric banding each offer different advantages and disadvantages, making them appropriate for different weight loss candidates.
Even a laparoscopic procedure requires a period of rest, recovery, and adjustment. Our practice offers information on life after surgery as well as comprehensive Post-bariatric careto all minimally invasive weight loss surgery patients. Dr. Ihde is also skilled enough to perform complex bariatric revision surgery if necessary, which can sometimes, though not always, be a minimally invasive surgery.

Other Procedures

In addition to weight loss surgery, Dr. Ihde and our staff are trained and equipped to perform many other laparoscopic surgeries. Procedures for the gallbladder, the spleen, thecolorectal region, and hernias round out our laparoscopic options.
We also perform a selection of incisionless procedures. In many cases these options save our patients weeks of recovery time, minimize pain and expense, and prevent potentially serious complications and side effects.



At Minimally Invasive Bariatrics, we focus on thoroughly educating our patients, offering a wide range of surgical options, and providing comprehensive follow-up care. We believe that these are the factors that can make the difference between a successful procedure and one that does not produce the desired result

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