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Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS)

Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery or SILS is a laparoscopic surgery (keyhole surgery) through a single incision. SILS is an advanced minimally invasive surgical procedure in which the surgery is done through a single entry point i.e. the navel or bellybutton.

Benefits of SILS

The main benefits of SILS are:

  • minimal surgical trauma
  • less pain
  • less blood loss
  • less complications
  • cosmetically more aesthetic scars
  • quicker recovery
  • faster return to work

Indications for SILS

Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery can be used to perform a wide range of procedures including:

  • Cholecystectomy or gall bladder surgery (removal of gallbladder)
  • Appendicectomy or appendicitis (removal of appendix)
  • Hernia operations (repair of paraumbilical or incisional hernia)
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Kidney operations or Nephrectomy: Renal cyst
  • Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus)
  • Cystectomy
  • Bariatric procedures like Gastric Banding and Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Diagnostic laparoscopy and biopsy of the peritoneum or lymph nodes

SILS Procedure details

A 20mm incision at the umbilicus is all that is required for the surgery. A scope is inserted that can be moved around in the body and return images form various angles giving the surgeons a larger field of vision for the surgery and the instruments used to perform the surgery are flexible thereby enabling extra reach and maneuverability. SILS involves the use of flexible instruments and a higher level of laparoscopic expertise.

Difference between SILS and traditional laparoscopic surgery

In traditional laparoscopic surgery, the abdomen is filled with carbon dioxide gas to create a space for the surgeon to work in. Tubes called ports are then inserted through three to four small cuts, each measuring around 0.5 to 1 cm. A telescope attached to a camera inserted through one of the ports allows the surgical team to observe a magnified picture of the internal organs on a television screen. The surgeon carries out the surgery with the help of instruments introduced through the ports.

In SILS, the surgeon makes only one incision of around 20mm (commonly just below the navel) to allow placement of the ports side by side. Alternately, a specially designed port (e.g. the SILS port) is inserted into the abdomen; this port carries the telescope as well as the laparoscopic instruments. The surgeon then carries out an operation identical to a traditional laparoscopic one.

Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) abroad

Low cost for high quality surgery often leads thousands of patients from all over the world to countries such as India, Thailand, Singapore, Turkey, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, etc. This is called medical tourism. Countries such as India offer SILS for a remarkable lower price compared to the United States. However, the surgeons performing the procedure in these countries are highly qualified and on many occasions are trained or educated in America and the UK. The facilities, equipments and technologies used by them are top notch. For a FREE customized quote for affordable SILS procedure and an online tour of the facilities, contact Healthbase.

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Healthbase, an award-winning* medical tourism facilitator in USA, is the trusted source for global medical and dental choices, connecting patients to leading healthcare facilities worldwide. We arrange a variety of medical tourism services from basic consultations to full service treatment abroad. We help you to take care of all your medical tourism details from arranging the surgery and financing options to visas, travel, lodging and tourism.

Healthbase caters to the needs of individual consumers, self-funded businesses, insurance carriers, benefit consultants, insurance agents, and third party administrators seeking affordable medical travel and dental travel options. Our state-of-the-art, easy to use, information rich web-based system makes it easy to coordinate international medical care including necessary travel and accommodation for patients and their companions, all at one place.

The cost of surgical care at our ever growing network of affiliated institutions is typically a fraction of the cost of care in the U.S. with equal or superior outcomes. Healthbase arranges first class services for patients at major internationally accredited hospitals in Thailand, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Turkey, Belgium, Hungary, Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, Mexico, USA and is expanding to Canada, UK, Jordan,Taiwan, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, El Salvador and Guatemala.

We offer over two hundred medical, dental and cosmetic procedures in various categories: Orthopedic procedures such as hip replacement, Birmingham hip resurfacing, artificial knee replacement, rotator cuff repair, knee surgery; Cardiac and Vascular procedures like heart bypass (multiple coronary artery bypass graft or CABG), aortic aneurysm repair, heart valve repair, heat valve replacement, angioplasty, RF Ablation; Spinal procedures such as spine fusion, laminectomy, disc replacement; Weight-loss procedures like gastric bypass, lap band, gastric sleeve; Eye procedures like LASIK; Cosmetic and Plastic surgery procedures such as breast augmentation, face lift, rhinoplasty (nose surgery), liposuction; Dental procedures such as orthognathic surgery, dental bridges, dental implants, dental crowns; dental veneers; and hundreds of other procedures in the departments of Urology, General surgery, Wellness and many more. The savings are up to 80% of typical US hospital prices.

Medical Tourism, also termed as Medical Travel, Health Travel, Health Tourism, Global Healthcare, Medical Vacation, Medical Value Travel, Medical Treatment Abroad, International Medical, Surgical Tourism, Surgery Abroad, Surgical Trip, Healthcare Abroad, Medical Outsourcing, offshore Medical and Overseas Medical, is the act of traveling abroad to receive medical, dental and cosmetic care. Significantly lower cost for best practice care is usually the primary motivation behind medical tourism although some medical tourists go abroad for immediate availability of procedures and to seek treatments that are not available in their home country. Patients frequently also take advantage of the opportunity to vacation and tour inexpensively in the foreign country while they are visiting for health care. Signup to know more about medical or dental tourism.

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