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Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery in Chembur

Obesity is likely to lead to illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, etc. Thus, advanced weight reduction techniques are necessary for patients suffering from obesity.

Bariatrics is a branch of medicine that prescribes weight reduction techniques for overweight or obese patients. This is primarily done for reducing the severity of comorbidities of obesity, such as hyperglycemia, hypertension, etc. Bariatric surgeries aim to reduce body weight through surgical operations.

What is Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS)?

A laparoscope is a medical-grade device that serves as a camera during surgical procedures. It has an optical sensor attached to a tube that displays the feed on a screen, which can be viewed by surgeons. The laparoscope can be inserted at the location of the surgery through incisions (cuts).

SILS or Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure wherein the doctor operates through a single entry point made by an incision. SILS can be performed as bariatric surgery for sleeve gastrectomy and LAGB (laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding). Instead of the five incisions required by a laparoscopic technique that causes visible scarring, SILS uses a single keyhole incision with no visible scars.

To avail of this procedure, you can search for a bariatric surgeon near you or a bariatric hospital near you.

Who qualifies for SILS? When do you need to see a doctor?

Patients who suffer from the side effects of obesity, and wish to undergo bariatric procedures, are also presented with the SILS alternative for gastric banding. A LAP-BAND is implanted for a patients if:

  1. They suffer from comorbidities such as hypertension, high blood sugar levels, etc.
  2. They need an appendix surgery.
  3. They need a gall bladder surgery.
  4. They require bariatric (weight reduction) surgery via sleeve gastrectomy.

When do you need to see a doctor?

If you wish to undergo bariatric surgery, without the risk of visible scars and long days of hospitalization, Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery could be the perfect solution for you.

You can request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Chembur, Mumbai.

Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment.

What are the benefits of SILS?

The first and foremost benefit of SILS is the minimal invasiveness of the procedure. A single keyhole incision/cut in the umbilicus for trans-umbilical gastric banding causes no externally visible scarring on the abdominal wall. Some of the other benefits of SILS gastric banding are:

  1. Since only one incision is required instead of five cuts, the risk of infection at the wound site is reduced.
  2. Patients reported less post-surgical pain and also required less medication for pain relief.
  3. SILS facilitates speedy recovery and faster mobilization, as the procedure does not require multiple days of hospitalization like other bariatric surgeries.
  4. No visible scarring, as the scar is concealed by the navel.
  5. Better cosmetic results and pain response
  6. Reduces risk of nerve injury
  7. Reduces the risk of adhesion (intestinal parts getting stuck)

What are the risks or complications?

SILS is a complex surgery that requires accurate medical instruments that are compatible with different kinds of patients who require this medical procedure. For example, If a surgeon lacks instruments that are designed to be long enough, tall patients cannot undergo Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery. Even the shape of the instruments has to be suitable for surgical operations that require stitching two organs inside the body.

If the organs are difficult to reach, performing a SILS becomes complicated and risky. Bariatric surgeons need to be highly experienced and often require teams for performing SILS. If the patient is suffering from severe inflammation, then SILS cannot be carried out. The surgery is time-consuming and expensive, as it requires a setup of advanced medical equipment, including the apparatus for the laparoscope.


All in all, Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery is a specialized technique of bariatric surgery that has the benefit of scar-less surgery. SILS is particularly advantageous for patients who need speedy weight reduction through gastric banding/sleeve gastrectomy, with minimum bodily scars. The post-operative pain is also minimal, as this treatment facilitates speedy recovery.

What is the full form of SILS? What is the use of SILS?

SILS is the acronym for Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery. SILS is used for weight reduction with minimal invasion and least scarring.

What bariatric surgery is combined with SILS?

Sleeve gastrectomy or adjustable gastric banding is usually performed in combination with SILS, as bariatric surgeries.

Is SILS painful?

Patients reported less post-surgical pain and also required less medication for pain relief.


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