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Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS)

What is SILS Surgery?

Traditional open abdominal surgery inevitably comes with greater scarring and prolonged recovery. The development of laparoscopic surgery was a landmark advance that had revolutionised surgery. The majority of surgical procedures previously done through a large incision can now be performed laparoscopically (keyhole). Compared to traditional open surgery, laparoscopic surgery have the advantages of reduced pain, shorter hospital stays, lower wound infections, better cosmesis and much faster recovery.

In laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon introduces surgical instruments into the abdomen usually through 3 to 5 small incisions (keyhole). Now Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) allows the operation to be done through a single incision with a single port system with less pain, faster recovery time and virtually no scar.

Single Port Access (SPA) Surgery

Much like the VHS vs betamax, Blu-Ray vs HD-DVD wars, the battle of the name for single port surgery rages on. Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) is perhaps the most commonly used; others include Single Port Access (SPA) surgery, Laparo-Endoscopic Single-Site (LESS) surgery, Trans-Umbilical Endoscopic Surgery (TUES) and Natural Orifice Trans-Umbilical Surgery (NOTUS).

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​SILS procedures offered:

A range of surgical procedures have been successfully performed using the SILS technique.

We currently offer SILS procedure for:


  • Removal of the gallbladder (cholecystectomy).

  • Incisional hernia repair

  • Gastric Band for weight loss

  • Appendicectomy

Please keep checking as other SILS procedures are in the pipeline!

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