Meet Dr. Mark WatsonComplex Abdominal Wall Hernia Surgery and
Lap-Band Weight Loss Surgery Specialist

UT Southwestern’s Mark Watson, M.D., cares for patients with large and recurrent abdominal wall hernias. An article was recently published in the World Journal of Surgery ¹ reported Dr. Watson’s previous 10 year experience with ventral hernia repairs utilizing his technique for abdominal wall reconstruction. An extremely low recurrence rate of 5 to 7 percent was found. The incidence of major complications was minimal. A prospective trial is currently being developed to follow progress of these patients in the future.

Dr. Watson wrote the book on Lap-Band weight loss surgery – literally. The Lap-Band Companion Handbook is a comprehensive guide for patients who either have had or are considering the procedure. Having performed Lap-Band operations for more than a dozen years, Dr. Watson is one of the nation’s pre-eminent authorities on the procedure, and he knows the decision to have the surgery is one no patient makes lightly.

“Compared to other bariatric surgery options, the Lap-Band is the safest procedure and it is reversible. But it is still surgery, and anytime you have surgery and are obese, there are risks,” Dr. Watson says. “What you have to balance the decision for having surgery, with the risks of being obese and not doing anything at all.”

Prior to joining the faculty of UT Southwestern in 2002, Dr. Watson was already an accomplished surgeon performing a wide variety of advance laparoscopic procedures. He continues to devote much of his surgical practice to laparoscopic hiatal, ventral, and inguinal hernia repairs. Though he excels at patient care, he says that equally important to him is his role in training surgical residents in advanced laparoscopy.

Clinical Interests

Bariatric Surgery

  • Laparoscopic gastric banding (Lap-Band)

General Surgery

  • Abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Hiatal hernia (Nissen) surgery
  • Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)
  • Inguinal hernia
  • Splenectomy 

Minimally Invasive Surgery

  • Laparoscopic appendectomy
  • Laparoscopic hernia repair
  • Laparoscopic splenectomy
  • Laparoscopic ventral hernia repair

¹Hodgman EI, Watson MJ. (2017) Revisiting the Anterior Rectus Sheath Repair for Incisional Hernia: A 10-Year Experience. World J Surg. Mar;41(3):713-721.