Single Incision (SILS)

What is Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS)?

Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) is an advanced minimally invasive surgical procedure in which the surgeon operates exclusively through a single entry point instead of the traditional four or more laparoscopic incisions. This is the same procedure as the traditional surgery with the one incision being the main difference. Many times this incision can be hidden within the belly button so patients are truly left with a no visible scars.

SILS procedures require an experienced surgeon who is highly skilled in laparoscopic surgery. Procedures that can be performed through a SILS approach include Lap Band surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, gallbladder surgery, colon surgery, and hernia surgery. Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery leaves the patient with less scarring, the potential for less post-operative pain, quicker recovery time and reduced risk of wound site infections.

All patients are not candidates for this approach. The determination depends on many factors including the size of the liver, Body Mass Index (BMI) and previous surgeries. This will all be discussed during a patient’s initial consultation.

Results can vary and are not guaranteed even for patients determined to be candidates before the surgery.

Please call us at 919.234.4468 if you have any further questions about a SILS procedure or to schedule your initial evaluation.


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