Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS)
Los Angeles, California
If given the choice, would you like to have your surgical procedure performed with less discomfort, a shorter recovery time, and only a single scar, which is well-concealed inside your navel? If so, then you should consider single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), which performs your procedure with only a single small incision in the belly button. This advanced technique allows Dr. Carson Liu™ to perform your gastric banding procedure with only one incision.
To learn more about SILS and whether it might be right for your surgical weight loss procedure, please contact Dr. Carson Liu™ today for a consultation.
Benefits of Fewer Incisions
Traditional abdominal surgery utilizes a long incision that opens up the abdominal cavity to expose the organ or organs being operated upon. This tends to mean more discomfort, longer recovery times, and, some argue, increases the risk of infection. Laparoscopic surgery was invented to overcome these problems, and has become the standard technique in surgical weight control. The goal of single-incision laparoscopic surgery is to perform surgery with:
- Only one incision and therefore only one scar, which is hidden in the navel
- Less discomfort
- Quicker recovery
Although not all these benefits have been clinically proven, their promise does seem reasonable, and provides good justification for moving from more traditional laparoscopic gastric banding surgery, which required as many as five separate incisions, to SILS gastric banding surgery.
However, not every patient is eligible for SILS. During your consultation Dr. Liu will look at your medical history and perform a medical exam before deciding whether you are a good candidate for the procedure.
Challenges of SILS
Traditionally, laparoscopic surgeons have been trained to triangulate the surgical site with a number of incisions, which allowed access from multiple directions and prevented surgical instruments from interfering with one another. In SILS, the same number of instruments are used, but instead of being inserted from five different incisions, they are inserted through a single access port. The laparoscopic surgeon must re-learn many of the surgical techniques of the procedure. This can mean a very steep learning curve and requires a high level of surgical talent.
Why Choose Dr. Carson Liu™
If you are considering Lap-Bandr placement with single-incision laparoscopic surgery, there are only a few surgeons who have experience performing this advanced procedure, and Dr. Carson Liu™ is one of them in Los Angeles. He received his medical degree at the University of Chicago and his internship, residencies, and research fellowship at the UCLA Medical Center. With experience performing over 2600 bariatric surgeries, Dr. Liu has an extensive body of practical surgical knowledge that augments his training.
To learn more about single-incision laparoscopic surgery in Los Angeles, please contact Dr. Carson Liu™ today for a consultation.