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Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS)

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Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery in Tardeo, Mumbai

In 2008, for the very first time, single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) was used for bariatric surgery successfully. It is a no-scar technique. In this approach, a small 2 cm incision is made on the surface of the abdomen, on the navel. 

This surgery is available in any of the bariatric surgery hospitals in Mumbai. Or you can search online for a bariatric surgery hospital near me. 

What do we need to know about bariatric surgery and SILS?

Gastric bypass surgery and other bariatric surgeries like sleeve gastrectomy and biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (collectively called bariatric surgery) require you to make changes to your digestive system for losing weight. When diet and exercise do not help or there are serious health problems due to obesity, this surgery is recommended. You should also make permanent and healthy changes to your diet and exercise regularly to ensure success.

For more information, you can search online for bariatric surgery near me. 

Your doctor might consider SILS for you if:

  • your body mass index (BMI) is 40 or higher (extremely obese) 
  • you are obese with a BMI of 35-40
  • you have severe obesity-related health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or severe sleep apnea

If you have been having systemic and chronic health problems that your doctor thinks is related to your weight, you are partly eligible. 

It is to be noted that if you are only overweight, you will not be eligible for SILS. There are specific guidelines for physicians and patients to be followed meticulously. You will need to go through an extensive evaluation process to determine whether you are eligible for SILS. 

Currently, SILS is also used to perform the following operations:

  • Reconstruction of umbilical hernia or incision hernia
  • Cholecystectomy (cholecystectomy) 
  • Gynecological surgeries
  • Appendectomy (appendectomy) 

What are the causes that lead to bariatric surgery and SILS?

This will help you lose weight and reduce the risk of life-threatening weight-related health problems, including: 

  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Sleep apnea
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) 
  • Hypertension
  • Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)

When do you need to see a doctor?

If your physician has recommended bariatric surgery because you have a very high BMI and you have obesity-related health problems, discuss SILS with your physician for consideration.

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

Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment.


There are therapy sessions and groups online that you can join to motivate yourself for a long-term change in lifestyle. Certain mobile apps can also help you keep a track of your calorie intake, exercise and sleep patterns. Remember, bariatric surgery is expensive. Please check with your health plan or your bariatric surgery doctors in Mumbai. 

Why should I consider SILS over common laparoscopic surgery?

With SILS, a surgeon can only make an incision of about 20 mm (usually below the belly button) to create a specially designed opening through which a laparoscope and telescope can be inserted at the same time. Then the same surgery is performed as a conventional laparoscopic surgery.

How can SILS benefit me?

Compared to traditional laparoscopic surgery, the main advantage of SILS is a single cut/incision, which can significantly reduce a patient's pain and risk of infection, and speed up recovery.

How is SILS superior to other methods?

It is comparatively less painful and much more conservative in approach. You will heal faster. After the wound has healed, there’s hardly any scarring, making SILS the best choice.


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