The Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery in Turkey

Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery is a new surgical method that offers advantages over conventional laparoscopy or keyhole surgery. It reduces postoperative pain and enables scar-free surgery. Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery, which is also used for sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass, achieves better cosmetic results and reduces post-operative stress on patients.

The Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery in Turkey

In the past, stomach surgery often required large incisions to achieve a reduction of the stomach and a permanent weight loss through operations. In recent years, however, minimally invasive techniques have enabled surgeons to significantly improve cosmetic results by eliminating long incisions during surgery. In this article, we show how advances in minimally invasive surgery allow our patients to benefit from shorter recovery times, less discomfort and scar-free bodies after gastric surgery. Today, Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery replaces the need for open surgery in many procedures.

Minimally invasive surgery for the benefit of the patient

Minimally invasive surgery essentially consists of several small incisions. Instead of a large opening that can traumatize the skin and muscles of the patient, minimally invasive surgery uses several small incisions to perform operations inside the body. Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) goes one step further: Instead of several small incisions in the area of the stomach, this new procedure requires only a single incision. This offers patients a number of additional advantages.

This new form of surgery, also known as Single Port Surgery, Single Port Laparoscopy (SPL), Single Port Access Surgery (SAP) or One Port Umbilical Surgery (OPUS), has been made possible by advances in the production of surgical instruments. The small tools can be optimally adapted to the internal structures of the body. These improvements allow surgeons to insert the instruments into the body through a single small incision of 10-15 mm in length using the SILS procedure.

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Advantages of SILS compared to conventional keyhole surgery

In direct comparison to conventional keyhole surgery, the greatest advantage of Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery lies in the single incision. This significantly reduces pain during recovery. At the same time, the risk of infection for the patient is reduced and recovery is accelerated. Since the SILS procedure leaves no visible scars, it is also more cosmetically effective than conventional keyhole surgery. Don’t you dream of a slender abdomen that doesn’t have any scarring to indicate surgery? With Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery, exactly this result is possible! The operations to reduce the size of the stomach and therefore weight using the SILS method are usually performed in our specialist clinic through the navel. The instruments are inserted through the navel. After the operation, the resulting scar is covered by the navel and is therefore invisible.

Is the SILS method safe and proven?

Even though Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery is still a relatively recent surgical procedure, thousands of operations have already been performed worldwide. Clinical studies that focused on the SILS method showed that patients were more satisfied with the cosmetic results achieved as well as the perception of pain. Another clinical study, which examined 100 patients with stomach surgery, showed that SILS was better able to relieve post-operative pain.

Aren't the risks increased with Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery?

On the contrary, SILS reduces it. SILS reduces the risk of severe nerve injury. This is a relatively common complication when the surgery methods are an open surgery or standard laparoscopy. Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery is a popular technique that is successfully used by experienced surgeons to reduce stomach size through gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy.

Can Single Port Surgery be used several times?

SILS offers patients a further great advantage if further weight reduction surgery is necessary. In order to have a better view of the patient’s stomach, the surgeon only has to make a slightly longer incision than in conventional keyhole surgery. This single incision reduces the risk of internal adhesion, where parts of the organs adhere to each other.

Is SILS always preferable?

Despite the numerous advantages, SILS is not recommended in all cases. In particularly obese patients, single-port surgery cannot be performed because the instruments are not long enough to safely perform the procedure.

Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery is also not suitable for all forms of stomach reduction. If, for example, two structures in the body have to be sutured together or the internal organs are difficult to reach, SILS is not a suitable surgical method. Here, other types of minimally invasive surgery are used, in which the surgeons use several entrances to perform the operation.

Is minimally invasive surgery possible for every patient?

In cases where organs are too close to a large blood vessel or where there is severe inflammation inside the body, neither SILS nor other minimally invasive techniques can be performed. In these cases, an open operation is still necessary.

Are the doctors in Turkey SILS-experienced?

Internationally, replacing conventional laparoscopic surgery as a common practice will take some time. This is because the learning curve is comparatively long. Our surgeons in Turkey know the procedure very well from numerous successful interventions. They also know the necessary tricks to avoid complications.

In Europe, on the other hand, doctors still prefer the surgical procedures they are familiar with. However, this is associated with their disadvantages such as scars, pain and recovery time.

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