Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) is a new, highly effective and advanced laparoscopic procedure in which the surgeon makes only one incision rather than the often four incisions for a typical laparoscopic procedure. The surgery is conducted in a very similar fashion to traditional laparoscopic weight loss surgery, but the even less invasive incision makes for a reduced recovery period and very little, if any, visible scarring. Moreover, the procedure can often be conducted through an existing orifice such as the belly button, allowing there to be no visible scar at all.
While the risks of surgery still remain, SILS does have several advantages, including less scarring, as mentioned above, and, depending on the patient, less post-operative pain with quicker recovery time. And since there is only one incision, the chance of post-operative infection is reduced.
This procedure is performed at both St. Vincent's and St. Luke's.
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