Minimally Invasive Surgery Surgery is commonly defined as the treatment of medical problems by mechanical means. This often involves performing operations whereby malfunctioning or abnormal parts are removed or repaired. This has traditionally required making large incisions to get to the part that needs the attention. The incision is the part of the operation that causes all the pain and really contributes nothing to the patient's recovery. Minimally invasive surgery is a new approach whereby the same operations are done using specialized instruments designed to fit into the body through several tiny punctures instead of one large incision. Instead of looking directly at the part of the body being treated, the physician monitors the procedure via a special video camera called a laparoscope inserted through one of the small punctures. By eliminating the large incision, much of the pain of recovery can also be eliminated.  Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Surgery Laparoscopy Bariatric Surgery Weight Loss Surgery Laparoscopy Pleatman Surgical Bariatric Surgery Mark A. Pleatman M.D. weight loss surgery weight loss surgery Bloomfield Hills Michigan 248 334-5444 Mark A. Pleatman, M.D. 43494 Woodward Ave. #202, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Phone: 248-334-5444, Fax: 248-334-5484 email: