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What is single-port surgery?

Single-site surgery elevates general laparoscopy to an approach that only uses one 20 to 25 millimeter (mm) incision. This method usually requires a specialized port that allows for the camera and several instruments to be inserted from the same site. Benefits of this method include a single surgical site and less postoperative pain, with some people able to return to their daily lives sooner. There is a better cosmetic result as well.

Dr. Kevin W. Windom, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrician & Gynecologist)

Single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) is a new way to perform different types of laparoscopic surgeries with only one incision on the patient's abdomen. Instead of the three to four incisions that are needed to perform a laparoscopic hysterectomy or lap assisted vaginal hysterectomy I am able to place all three ports through one single 2.5 cm incision in the belly button. There is a better cosmetic result as well as my patients have very little pain and most are back to work in one week.

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