Single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) is a groundbreaking advancement in minimally invasive procedures. The new gastric sleeve surgery requires fewer cuts than traditional laparoscopic surgery while still providing the same weight loss results as the regular sleeve procedure.
The SILS procedure is performed with only one or two incisions, rather than five to seven.
The SILS procedure uses sophisticated cameras and specialized medical instruments seen in the Adjustable Gastric Band (AGB) and Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) surgeries.
How Single Incision Bariatric Surgery Works
The surgeon performs the single-incision with special medical devices which are inserted through the umbilicus (navel or belly button). By manipulating the abdomen, the surgeon is able to cut, staple, and remove 80% of the patient’s stomach. This will cause the stomach to fill faster and produce fewer hunger hormones, similar to a regular VSG gastric sleeve.
Extensive training and skills are required to safely and properly perform this kind of procedure. As a double board-certified Bariatric and Metabolic surgeon, Dr. Jesus Ceja is one of the few surgeons in Mexico capable of performing the single-incision gastric sleeve. Dr. Ceja has helped thousands of patients lose weight through various surgeries, such as the SILS, gastric bypass, and mini bypass.
The GelPOINT Advanced Access Platform (port), manufactured by Applied Medical, is used to perform the VSG and SILS gastric sleeve surgeries.
Benefits of Single Incision Gastric Sleeve
Performing the procedure near the belly button reduces scarring and makes any incisions less visible. The fewer incisions also make the SILS one of the least invasive and most aesthetically pleasing bariatric procedures. Other benefits include:
- Faster Recovery Time
- Less Risk of Infection due to fewer incisions
Cons of Single Incision Gastric Sleeve
The cost of a single incision gastric sleeve in Mexico and the US is usually higher than regular laparoscopic surgery. This is due to the advanced technology and special training required to perform the procedure.
There are also stricter requirements to be a proper candidate for SILS than the regular gastric sleeve. The patient must have a BMI of 30 to 40 to be approved for the single-incision laparoscopic sleeve. In comparison. most patients with a BMI over 30 are eligible for the gastric sleeve.