The skilled surgeons at Rock Hill GYN & OB located in both Rock Hill and Fort Mill, SC, are proud to offer minimally invasive forms of surgery. These different methods can diagnose and treat a number of gynecologic conditions with reduced recovery time among other benefits. One such approach is SILS, an advanced technique that completely eliminates the presence of scarring. A wide variety of new equipment has been developed to support SILS and it is a particularly beneficial method for hysterectomies. We invite you to learn more about this approach here.
What is SILS?
SILS stands for single incision laparoscopic surgery. Aptly named, this minimally invasive surgical technique makes use of a single incision in the belly button – resulting in the potential for no visible scar. The reason that multiple incisions are required for traditional laparoscopic surgery is because these are the places that the laparoscope – a long, thin tube with a camera on the end – and specialized instruments are inserted. Thanks to advances in the way the specialized surgical instruments are made, it is possible to fit all of them inside of one single incision.
The Benefits of SILS
Using only one small incision vastly reduces the risk of complications that could result from surgery. These might include nerve injury, wound site infections, hematomas, or port site hernias. Additionally, the amount of pain experienced, and length of overall recovery time is reduced so that you can get back to your life sooner. The most satisfying benefit for patients is the cosmetic component. By making the incision in the belly button there may be no scarring visible at all after the recovery is complete.
Eligibility to Undergo SILS
Despite all of the pros of SILS, there are some circumstances where it is not recommended. These are of course dependent on what is being diagnosed or treated as well as who is undergoing the surgery. For example, individuals who are exceptionally tall, they may not be eligible because the specialized instruments are not long enough. As your health care provider, we always have your best interest at the forefront of all of our recommendations.
Schedule Your Appointment
If you are experiencing a gynecologic condition, Rock Hill GYN & OB can help. We attempt other treatments before recommending surgery, but when surgery is necessary, we strive to use the least minimally invasive option. Contact us to learn more about SILS and to schedule an appointment.