Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS)

Scarless Surgery

Single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) is a scarless surgical technique used to remove diseased organs through just one hole in the belly button in selected cases. This includes:

  • Gall bladder removal (cholecystectomy) (lap Chole)
  • Appendix removal (appendectomy) (lap Appendix)

The concept of SILS technique evolved with the advancement in the skills of laparoscopic surgery. Standard laparoscopic surgery involves several small incisions (usually 3 to 4).

The single port surgical technique allows to do the same procedure but through a single incision in the umbilicus (belly button) and there is virtually no visible scar left on the abdomen.

This new technique is much less invasive than the conventional open surgery. Patients can often go home the same day or after one day and start to resume normal activities in as little as three days.

How the procedure is done?

In this new technique the surgeon makes only one incision of around 2cm size just below the umbilicus to allow placement of three ports side by side. Else, the surgeon uses a single port that allows passage of special instruments to carry out the procedure.

The instruments including a miniature camera are passed to perform the surgery and remove the organ. Once the procedure is finished, the surgeon folds the belly button back into its normal shape, leaving no visible scar.

Which operations can be performed using SILS technique?

Currently the following operations can be performed using the SILS technique.

  • Removal of Gallbladder (Cholecystectomy) SILC
  • Removal of appendix (appendicectomy)
  • Diagnostic Laparoscopy
  • Removal of ovarian cyst
  • Abdominal biopsy

Which operations can be performed using SILS technique?

  • Reduced Postoperative pain
  • Speedy recovery
  • Exceptional cosmetic results for patients

Dr. Shahzad is one of only a handful of surgeons performing Single IncisionLaparoscopic Surgery (SILS) or Laparo-Endoscopic Single Site (LESS) laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal) and appendicetomy (removal of appendix in appendicitis) through a single small incision in the base of the umbilicus.

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