Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic Surgery services offered in Gulfport, MS

Laparoscopic surgery removes many of the barriers that hold people back from traditional open surgery, minimizing the risk of complications, bruising, and lengthy recovery times. At Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss Surgery in Gulfport, Mississippi, experienced surgeon Donald Balder, MD, performs many laparoscopic procedures, including hernia repair, liver biopsies, and appendectomies. Call the clinic today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

What is laparoscopic surgery?

Laparoscopic surgery, also called keyhole surgery, is a minimally invasive technique that allows surgeons to perform pelvic and abdominal procedures through small incisions. Rather than open the surgical site, Dr. Balder inserts a laparoscope containing a small camera through the incisions to gain a clear view of the internal organs and structures.

Are there different types of laparoscopic surgery?

Dr. Balder and his surgical team perform many types of laparoscopic surgery at the Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss Surgery, including:

Hiatal hernia surgery

Hiatal hernias occur when the top portion of your stomach pushes upward through the hiatus, a small opening in your diaphragm that allows the esophagus — the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach — to pass through. 

If you have a hiatal hernia that causes heartburn or acid reflux, Dr. Balder can perform minimally invasive surgery to push the protruding stomach back into the proper cavity.

Hernia repair

A hernia develops when there is a weak point in the abdominal wall and an organ pushes through, resulting in a bulge or bump. Laparoscopic surgery can effectively address the hernia by reinforcing the weakened abdominal wall.

Gallbladder removal

Dr. Balder uses a minimally invasive approach called laparoscopic gallbladder surgery to remove the gallbladder through keyhole-sized incisions.


The spleen helps fight bacteria, remove old, damaged blood cells, and stores red blood cells. If your spleen stops functioning properly, Dr. Balder can remove it through keyhole incisions.

Liver biopsy

When you need information about your liver health, Dr. Balder can perform a biopsy laparoscopically.


Lower abdominal pain near your belly button can signify problems with your appendix. By removing this organ laparoscopically, Dr. Balder can relieve your discomfort with minimal downtime.

Colon resection

Dr. Balder may recommend a laparoscopic colon resection to treat colon diseases, such as Crohn’s disease, bowel obstruction, colonic inertia, or colon polyps or cancer.


Dr. Balder may recommend laparoscopic removal surgery to treat adrenal tumors, growths, and other conditions affecting the adrenal glands.

What are the benefits of laparoscopic surgery?

Benefits of laparoscopic surgery include:

  • Reduced postoperative pain
  • Faster recovery times
  • Smaller incisions and minimal scarring
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Quicker return to normal activities
  • Less blood loss during surgery
  • Reduced need for pain medication

Call Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss Surgery today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.