Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS), or laparoscopy, is a type of surgery where the surgeon uses a small fiber optic camera and miniature sized instruments to perform a surgery. Laparoscopy has many advantages over traditional open surgery including smaller scars, less pain, less bleeding and quicker recovery.
In general, laparoscopic surgery requires two to four ½ inch abdominal incisions. Although these heal quite quickly, surgeons have developed a more recent technique where the entire surgery can be completed through a single incision that hides in umbilicus (the belly button). This is called Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery or SILS. When the scar heals, it appears as if the surgery was scar-less.
SILS surgery can be technically challenging and is usually performed by surgeons that are already experienced in laparoscopy.
To determine whether you are a candidate for Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS)
you should discuss your surgical options with anyone on the Advanced & Minimally Invasive Gynecology medical team.