Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS)
At The Longstreet Clinic, our surgeons are committed to being on the cutting edge of surgical innovation. In pursuing that commitment, TLC’s surgeons are now performing a single port laparoscopic surgery for gallbladder removal.
Gallbladder removal is designed to treat symptoms associated with gallstones (hard, pebble-like deposits that form inside the gallbladder) such as abdominal pain, digestive issues, nausea and vomiting.
Previously, a multi-port laparoscopy was the most advanced form of surgical treatment available. In a multi-port procedure, several small incisions were made in the abdomen that, though minimal, still resulted in a higher degree of scarring. Patients looking for a more cosmetically pleasing and minimally invasive treatment option for gallbladder removal were simply out of luck. Fortunately, medical advances have now made it possible to perform a laparoscopic surgery that caters to both of those demands.
A single port laparascopy is performed through one 20 mm incision in the navel that, in addition to minimizing the scarring, also results in reducing the pain associated with the multiple points of entry used during traditional laparoscopic surgery.
In any type of laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon makes the needed incisions, inserts the instruments through those incisions, and uses a miniature video camera called a laparoscope to see inside the patient. In a typical laparoscopic gallbladder operation, four incisions are involved.
With the single port procedure, the number of incisions is reduced to one as all instruments needed for the surgery are passed through the incision made around the naval. As a result, the incision usually disappears into the naval and no visible scarring is produced. The procedure typically results in less post-operative pain. This is still an outpatient procedure and patients typically go home a few hours after surgery. In most cases, you should be able to return to your normal routine in seven to ten days.
Medicine is a continually progressing field, and The Longstreet Clinic's surgeons are trained in the latest procedures to better meet your needs. We look forward to sitting down with you and discussing the latest treatment options for your particular gallbladder-related issue. We believe that the single port procedure is a fantastic advancement in surgery and are excited about the benefits it can provide to you the patient as we work to continuously provide the highest level of care available.