SILS surgery may also be known as no-scar surgery, or single port keyhole surgery is an innovative technique to perform the surgery laparoscopically with virtually no scarring. The technique is commonly performed in the patient’s navel (belly button) via a 20mm incision. The difference between SILS and traditional laparoscopic surgery is that SILS involves only a single entry point while traditional laparoscopic surgery has about 4-5 incision points. By minimizing the number of incision points, the benefit to SILS includes less postoperative pain and better cosmetic results.
SILS may not be for everyone and is limited to availability since not all surgeons have been trained to perform using the SILS technique. Ask your surgeon to see if it is right for you. Dr. Frederick Tiesenga has almost a decade of experience involving the single incision laparoscopic method in bariatric procedures. Currently, SILS Band (Lap-Band installed using the SILS technique) and SILS Sleeve (Sleeve Gastrectomy performed via SILS) are offered at New Hope Surgical. Schedule an appointment to see if you qualify for the SILS minimally invasive option.