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Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery

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Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery in Chunni-ganj, Kanpur

Single-incision laparoscopic surgery or SILS is an umbrella term for techniques with a minimally invasive approach involving single incisions only, done at Apollo Spectra, Kanpur. Minimally invasive surgical methods are the ones that involve making single or multiple small incisions to reduce the trauma caused to muscles and skin.

In comparison to conventional laparoscopic surgeries that require making 3 or more incisions and leave rather visible scars, SILS requires the doctor to make only one incision near the belly button which helps to hide the only scar that is left behind.

The techniques that are a part of SILS are rapidly evolving with a wide variety of newly developed equipment as well as a more advanced range of procedures that provide greater benefits as compared to conventional or open surgeries.

These types of surgically advanced procedures can be used in operations like cholecystectomy or gallbladder removal, appendicectomy or appendix removal, a majority of gynaecological surgeries, and incisional hernia repair. As new techniques and equipment continue to be developed, more operations will be made possible in the future using SILS.

How is SILS performed?

At Apollo Spectra, Kanpur, the main steps of the procedure involve making a single small incision in the abdomen near the belly button or below the navel. Such incisions usually extend from 10mm to 20mm in length. Through this single incision, all of the laparoscopic equipment required for the surgery is inserted inside to operate on the patient.

Conventional laparoscopic surgery is different from this step of SILS since it requires filling the patient’s abdomen with carbon dioxide gas so it can be expanded for the surgeon to insert tubes called ports through 3 to 4 small cuts. Instruments for the surgery are then inserted through these ports.

The next steps are performed according to the medical surgery required by the patient, similar to conventional laparoscopic surgery.

What are the benefits of SILS?

There are significant benefits that a single incision laparoscopic surgery has over the conventional technique. While the major focus is on the procedure involving only a single incision or cut, other advantages include:

  • Significantly low pain
  • Lowered risk of infection
  • Rapid recovery
  • No prominently visible scars
  • Reduced risk of nerve injuries

What are the Limitations of SILS?

Certain limitations are faced in circumstances where performing SILS can lead to further complications. These include:

  • SILS is not recommended for tall people unless surgical instruments long enough to operate are available with the surgeon.
  • The shape of surgical instruments that are used commonly in SILS is inappropriate for operations that require stitching 2 or more structures together inside the body.
  • SILS is also not recommended in cases where a tumour is located too close to a major blood vessel or severe inflammation is diagnosed.

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Who is the Right Candidate for SILS?

While conventional laparoscopic surgery can be performed in all cases, the possibility of SILS in Kanpur depends on certain factors, related to your physical and medical history. Your doctor would recommend it if you are an eligible candidate. SILS may not be suitable for you in case:

  • You are obese and are not in a healthy physical state.
  • You have been through multiple abdomen surgeries in the past.
  • You have/are likely to have other medical conditions like an inflamed gallbladder.

1. What is the recovery period post-surgery?

Post SILS, the doctor may recommend 1 to 2 days of rest before returning to strenuous activities. The recovery period after SILS is shorter, in comparison to conventional techniques.


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