gelpoint-sils (2)More and more patients are undergoing single-incision gastric sleeve surgery. Single incision weight loss surgery is performed using a few incision, rather than four or five typically used in laparoscopic surgery.

Benefits of Single Incision Surgery

Single Incision laparoscopic surgery has many benefits for patients. First by using single incision patients will have a quicker recovery time, as less incisions will need to be healed. Patients will also experience less pain with less incisions.

The most important benefit of single incision surgery is the comesis component, as there will be a less noticeable scar. This scar will also be  in the belly button, will also conceal the scar.

How Single Incision is Performed

Single Incision is performed with one incision in the umbilicus (navel or belly button) or in the middle line above the umbilicus. The surgeon places the Trocar (an instrument that requires another small incision) in the upper abdomen so he can manage the liver.  Sometimes the surgeon will need the use of another Trocar to successfully perform the surgery.

Single Incision  as you can see, will sometimes require two more small incisions. But of course, that is up to the bariatric surgeon at the time of the surgery. The surgeon will not know before hand if the surgery will require additional incisions.

Need of a Skilled Bariatric Surgeon

Single incision laparoscopic surgery requires the experience of a skilled surgeon who uses the proper medical equipment. Since SILS is a new surgery type, only a handful of surgeons are experienced at performing this surgery type. It’s important to find a surgeon who has experience, and has trained under qualified surgeons.

Who is a Candidate for Single Incision Weight Loss Surgery

Not every patient will be a candidate for single-port weight loss surgery. Patients are candidates when they have a BMI over 40, but not a BMI too high. Patients will also need to have not undergone two weight loss surgeries (because of disruptive scar tissue).