About Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery

Methodist Physicians Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery serves patients both in San Antonio and Atascosa County. The practice provides surgery options for bariatric surgery, laparoscopic procedures, and single-site surgeries, which mean fewer and smaller scars, less pain and generally faster recovery times compared to open surgeries.

About Dr. Kumar

Ashwini Kumar, MD, FACS, FASMBS is board certified in General Surgery, but his true passions is advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery. His primary goal for his patients is to reduce their anxiety, pain and recovery time through his surgical expertise and compassionate bedside manner. He sees patients for a variety of conditions, ranging from simple hernia repair to gastric sleeve or balloon surgeries.

Most common surgeries performed

  • Bariatric surgery: Also commonly referred to as weight loss surgery, Bariatric Surgery is generally performed on patients with obesity. There are several types of bariatric surgery, but they all aim to decrease food intake with the goal of rapid weight loss. Dr. Kumar performs gastric sleeve surgery, gastric balloon surgery, and gastric bypass surgery. He is part of the Methodist Weight Loss Centers at Methodist Hospital Metropolitan, and he performs surgeries at Methodist Hospital South.
  • Reflux surgery: Reflux, also known as acid reflux, occurs when stomach acid travels back up the esophagus and into the mouth. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the result of a weak muscle within the esophagus, called the lower esophageal sphincter, which acts as a reflux barrier within the body. When treatment through medicines are not successful, Dr. Kumar can assist with laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery (also called Nissen fundoplication), a minimally invasive procedure that corrects reflux.
  • Advanced laparoscopic surgery: These types of surgeries are minimally invasive due to a surgical technique where surgeons make smaller incisions than what is used in traditional open surgical procedures. Through the small incisions, a camera and surgical instruments are placed, providing outstanding visualization and less invasive incisions. These surgeries require more complex skill sets and more extensive training. Benefits are reduced hospital stays, fewer infections, less pain, faster recovery time and smaller scars. Dr. Kumar’s most common advanced laparoscopic surgeries include colon surgeries, gallbladder removals and hernias.