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September 7, 2021

What is Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS)?

Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery

Surgery has undergone some revolutionary changes in recent times. Single incision laparoscopic surgery is one of the most advanced forms of minimally invasive surgeries available today. The traditional big incision open surgery gave way for laparoscopic surgery, which involved making a few small incisions. The latest SILS does not need a even this few incisions. It only requires one single incision, usually near the navel. The entire procedure is carried out through this one ‘keyhole’.

The difference between laparoscopic surgery and SILS

During a laparoscopic surgery 3 to 4 incisions of about ½ or 1 cm are made in the abdomen. The abdomen is filled with carbon dioxide gas to increase the working space available inside the abdominal cavity. Tubes called ports are inserted through these openings and instruments are inserted through them They include a telescope with an attached camera, which sends a magnified video onto a monitor. Special surgical instruments are also inserted through the ports and the surgeon operates them with the video as his guide. 

Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery is a more advanced version of this surgery. During SILS the surgeon makes a single incision below the navel. This single incision is as small as 20mm. The surgeon inserts the telescope and the surgical instruments through this single port. The surgery is then carried out as in the laparoscopic surgery. SILS is possible today because of the advancements made in laparoscopic instruments. The more advanced and finer instruments enable surgeons to use a single port of entry for the entire surgery.

Advantages of SILS

  • Significantly less pain as only one tiny incision is made
  • Less tissue damage
  • Faster healing
  • Quicker recovery
  • Minimum or invisible scar
  • Quicker return to normal life

Single incision laparoscopic surgery is used for

  • Gall bladder removal
  • Appendectomy
  • Certain hernia repairs
  • Gynaecological procedures

SILS requires the expertise of a skilled surgeon well trained in handling the special procedure. Talk to our surgeons if you have been advised surgery. We can assess your general condition and your requirement to check out if you are a suitable candidate for SILS.