Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery

Physicians and patients prefer laparoscopic surgery due to the benefits it offers over traditional surgery such as reduced recovery time and smaller scars. At UT Southwestern Medical Center, our patients have the option of the latest advance in this surgical technique – Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS).

SILS represents the latest and most widely used laparoscopic surgery development since laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal through small incisions) was introduced more than 20 years ago. As a laparoscopic procedure, SILS further minimizes the discomfort and recovery time often associated with surgery.

Traditional laparoscopic surgery involves multiple entry points with multiple small incisions and resulting scars. In comparison, Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery is achieved with one access point through the patient’s navel, resulting in a nearly invisible scar.

Other potential benefits of SILS include:

  • Faster recovery and short hospital stay, if any
  • Reduced chance of wound-related complications, such as infections, bleeding, and hernias
  • Reduced pain

Some of the procedures that can be performed with this technique include:

  • Adrenalectomy (removal of adrenal gland)
  • Gallbladder removal
  • Hysterectomy
  • Lap-Band placement
  • Nephrectomy (removal of kidney)
  • Removal of the appendix

UT Southwestern surgeons have been performing SILS procedures for nearly two years. Our surgeons are international leaders in the procedure – with one of the largest number of SILS procedures performed – and teach SILS to other surgeons from the around the world.