Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS)

What is Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS)?

Single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) is a minimally invasive surgical technique in Singapore that allows for multiple procedures to be performed through a single small incision at the umbilicus region, also known as the belly button. SILS are rapidly replacing the need for a traditional laparoscopy which involves multiple incisions ranging in length from 5-20 mm each. The goal of SILS is to minimise scarring and post-surgical pain while providing similar surgical outcomes as compared to conventional laparoscopy.
This technique can be used for a variety of procedures, such as gallbladder removal, appendectomy, and certain gynaecological surgeries such as an oophorectomy and a hysterectomy. SILS offers the potential benefits of reduced scarring, shorter recovery time, and improved cosmetic results.
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How does Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) work?

In SILS, the procedure is performed through a single small incision, usually near your navel. The surgeon will make this small cut and insert specialised instruments and a camera through it. The camera allows the surgeon to visualise the surgical site and guide the instruments. With the instruments inserted, the surgeon can perform the necessary surgical steps, such as removing an organ or repairing tissues.
Your surgeon carefully manoeuvers the instruments to perform the procedure while minimising damage to the surrounding tissues. Throughout the surgery, your surgeon relies on the camera feed to visualise the internal structures and ensure accurate and precise movements.
SILS aims to reduce the number of incisions, resulting in potentially less scarring, and a quicker recovery compared to traditional open surgery.

Benefits of Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) in Singapore

  • Reduced scarring
  • Enhanced cosmetic outcome
  • Faster recovery
  • Lower risk of complications
  • Improved patient satisfaction
  • Similar surgical outcomes

What conditions can Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) treat in Singapore?

A single-incision laparoscopic surgery can be used in the following:

What results can I expect after Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) in Singapore ?

Generally, the results of SILS varies depending on the specific procedure and individual factors such as severity of the conditions and your general health.
Some potential outcomes you may expect include less scarring, reduced pain and discomfort, and faster recovery and return to normal activities.

How many treatment sessions are needed?

The number of sessions necessary for single-incision laparoscopic surgery varies depending on the procedure, the complexity of the condition, and individual factors. While some may only require a single SILS procedure to address their condition, others with more complex cases or specific conditions may need multiple sessions for optimal results.
The decision for additional sessions will be made by your surgeon. They will evaluate your progress and determine the most suitable treatment plan, which may involve additional SILS sessions or alternative approaches.
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Frequently asked questions

What is the size of a SILS incision?

The size of a SILS incision is between 15 to 20 mm and is usually near your navel.

Will I have a visible scar after SILS?

The scar from SILS is often less noticeable compared to traditional laparoscopic surgery, which requires multiple incisions. It is important to note that scarring varies from person to person and individual factors such as your healing ability and skin type may influence the appearance of the scar.

How long does the SILS procedure usually take?

The duration of SILS procedure varies depending on the specific condition being treated and the complexity of your case. The length of the procedure may range from approximately 30 minutes to a few hours, depending on the intricacy of the surgery.

What is the difference between the SILS procedure and a traditional laparoscopy?

Both the SILS and traditional laparoscopy are considered keyhole surgeries. However, the SILS procedure only involves one single incision while a traditional laparoscopy procedure involves 3-5 incisions ranging from 3-20 mm in length.

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