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SILS™ Cholecystectomy

With a single incision in the belly button, the SILS™ cholecystectomy means that you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that there is potential for fewer incisions, and no visible scarring. The SILS™ procedure is a effective minimally invasive procedure that can be used to treat conditions of the gallbladder.

Fewer/Smaller Incisions

The single incision in the belly button avoids the large incision made in the lower abdomen involved in typical open cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) and the multiple small incisions required for standard laparoscopic surgery.

Potential for No Visible Scar

The SILS™ Procedure requires only a single incision that is about 2 cm. By hiding this small incision within the belly button, the SILS™ Procedure may eliminate the visible scars typically associated with gallbladder related surgery.

How the SILS™ Cholecystectomy Works

The latest advancement in laparoscopic surgery, a cholecystectomy performed using the SILS™ Port allows for the removal of the gallbladder through a small incision made in the belly button which measures 20 mm, or slightly smaller than the diameter of a nickel. To perform this procedure, the surgeon will insert into the belly button a SILS™ Port, a soft and flexible instrument equipped with three distinct openings which allows for the use of three surgical devices at the same time. When the surgery is complete, the SILS™ Port is removed from the belly button, leaving one incision which may not be visible upon healing. Recovery from the SILS™ Cholecystectomy may be similar to the 2 week recovery time associated with laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

In addition to cholecystectomy, the SILS™ Procedure is being used for various other surgeries such as uterus removal (hysterectomy), kidney removal (nephrectomy) and gastric banding.

SILS™ Port -- A soft and flexible instrument that is equipped with three distinct openings used in surgery.

Click here to see how the SILS™ cholecystectomy compares to traditional surgical options.