Single-incision gastric sleeve surgery is a new method by which surgeons are capable of using just one or two-incision instead of five or seven which laparoscopic surgery requires.
Single-Incision Laparoscopic surgery (SILS), is a minimally invasive surgery that uses specialized medical instruments to perform Adjustable Gastric Band (AGB) and Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) surgeries. For gastric sleeve that means surgeons will be using sophisticated cameras along with tools that can perform the surgery.
How Single Incision Bariatric Surgery Works
Single-Incision requires the use of specific medical devices which allow the surgeon to manipulate the abdomen. Many of these technologies require extensive training in order to master, which means only a handful of surgeons in Mexico are capable of performing this surgery type.
Board Certified Bariatric and Metabolic surgeon Dr. Ismael Cabrera, a skilled surgeon, does single incision gastric sleeve among other bariatric surgeries, such as gastric bypass and mini bypass. Dr. Cabrera uses the GelPOINT Advanced Access Platform (port) manufactured by Applied Medical for his gastric sleeve surgeries.
Benefits of Single Incision
Aside from the obvious aesthetic benefits of less scarring and fewer scars, single incision laparoscopic surgery has several benefits.
- Faster Recovery Time
- Less Risk of Infection, due to fewer incisions
Cons of Single Incision
There is very little disadvantage to SILS.
- Because this is a more advanced weight loss surgery, the price of single-incision will usually be higher than that of regular laparoscopic surgery.
- There are also stricter requirements for who is a proper candidate for SILS than the regular gastric sleeve. The Single Incision Gastric Sleeve normally most suitable for patients with BMI of 30 to 40.