What is SILS Surgery?


With the marriage of surgery and technology, applications of laparoscopic surgery/minimal access surgery are increasing exponentially. Over the last few years, Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS), also known as Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) has become popular, for good reason.

SILS, being performed through the umbilicus, gives good access to all four quadrants of the abdomen and instrumentation for the same is well developed, and, available. This surgery has the advantage of not leaving behind any visible scars since the incision is made within the umbilicus and heals without any noticeable scars. Perhaps blood loss, pain and recovery time associated is also less as procedure performed is from 1 incision rather than 3 or 4 incisions. Dr. Ravishankar offers this surgery as an elective as well as in emergency cases.

What is SILS

Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery is performed through the umbilicus with a single incision. This is an advanced minimally invasive surgical procedure in which the surgeon operates almost exclusively through a single small cut in the umbilicus using instruments which can be inserted through a straight port and, once inside, can be roticulated to get appropriate angulation.

Why SILS

  • Lessen the trauma of access

  • Lessen the residual surgical scar

  • Ability to convert to standard lap surgery or open surgery when the need arises without compromise to patient safety

Advantages of SILS

  • Less post operative pain (1 instead of 4 cuts)

  • Less wound-related complications (1 instead of 4 cuts)

  • Faster recovery

  • Early return to work

  • Better cosmetic result – No visible scar like in multiport surgery or open surgery

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